Alexander Radulov is a shooting star, a breath of fresh air, an international bon vivant...and, as it turns out, a banana fiend.
He’s the only one who actually consumes them on the bench, as Sean Shapiro points out in a new feature. There’s a very simple reason why:
“You got to eat, you know?” Radulov said. “I just don’t eat much before the game. You start playing and the games are late and you kind of get starving.”
“Just have a bite and leave it there, and when you want it more, you have more,” Radulov added. “Simple.”
Every Star has his own quick-energy favorite, from Esa Lindell’s power bars to Marc Methot’s espresso:
“...I’m usually eating before the third period, try to get some simple sugars in me,” [Jason] Spezza said. “Guys go bananas if they are hungry. Because a banana can kind of fill you up, it’s one that is used more frequently.”
There’s much more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Sean brings you more from last night’s 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in a new 20/20.
That's three straight! The Stars beat Edmonton 4-1 tonight, spoiling Ken Hitchcock's return to Dallas. @seanshapiro tells you all about it, and catches you up on quite a bit on a fully-loaded Stars 20-20. https://t.co/eBivllIVvJ— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) December 4, 2018
Did Anton Khudobin get an assist on the Lindell empty-net shorty (!) that finished the game? You be the judge.
Speaking of Dobby, his new Sylvie Marsolais helmet has a white background, but the same house elf.
Saad Yousuf brings the latest Martin Hanzal update:
Update on Hanzal: He feels ready physically and mentally but expectation was to be ready around Dec 15th— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) December 2, 2018
He will speak to his doctor about being ahead of schedule and if everything checks out, he feels that he could be a go by Friday.
And that’s your 12/2 Stars practice thread pic.twitter.com/UiZlajPgsA
Don’t forget to vote Victory Green. The 2019 NHL All-Star Game is closer than you think.
It's time we had some Victory Green represent the Central Division at the #NHLAllStar Game.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 1, 2018
Fans choose the Central Division captain, so start voting and let's send the Stars to San Jose!
VOTE → https://t.co/qO9PxNXCji pic.twitter.com/YDdjlqJmlX
And best wishes to John Klingberg and brother Carl, who should make a complete recovery after fracturing his neck playing for EV Zug.
I feel good under the circumstances and I’m at home since yesterday. Thank you everyone who reached out and for all the “get well wishes”. pic.twitter.com/6hpk8hKBKB— Carl Klingberg (@CarlKlingberg) December 2, 2018
Around the League(s)
Loss in Dallas or not, Hitch hockey seems to be working for the Oilers.
The Philadelphia Flyers have promoted Chuck Fletcher a week after firing Ron Hextall as GM.
Dan Rosen recaps the issues as the Seattle NHL expansion vote looms. The realignment will be especially interesting for the #MDK. [NHL]
Tied to the vote on Seattle expansion tomorrow is a re-alignment to make way for Seattle to join, meaning the Central Division will get one more team. There was nothing official on what that re-alignment calls for from Gary Bettman or Bill Daly today.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 4, 2018
Incoming international para-hockey...
United States blank Canada 3-0 in its opener Monday at the 2018 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup.— Para Ice Hockey (@paraicehockey) December 4, 2018
Game summary and videos avaiable here: https://t.co/RkvyFVONnU@USParalympics | @CDNParalympics | @HC_Para |@HC_ParaCup pic.twitter.com/3pYLenkFfb
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Erik Condra is on a roll. His career-high five-point game on Sunday put the Texas Stars forward at third in the AHL with 26 points.
As the Celebration of Lights draws near, a Maryland synagogue has performed a mitzvah for their beloved Washington Capitals. Enjoy.