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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Taking a Look at the Stars’ Excessive Icings

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The Stars lead the league in icings at the moment, but the coaching staff doesn’t view that as a problem. Plus, Seattle is officially granted an NHL team for 2021-22, the future of women’s hockey, and more.

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Believe it or not, icings were not a problem the Dallas Stars had only under Ken Hitchcock. In fact, the Stars have led the league in icings for three consecutive seasons, going back to the widely successful 2015-16 season, and are currently sitting in the league lead yet again this year.

But not all icings are necessarily bad, at least not in the eyes of the Stars’ coaching staff:

“A good icing is you’re tired, you need a blow and you’ve been in your end for more than eight seconds, it’s usually a good icing,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “A bad icing is you have a play to make and you don’t make the right decision, just send the puck down carelessly and we are in our end for another face-off.”

Sean Shapiro broke down the Stars’ icings, categorizing them into groups such as “chip and chase” or plain old “dumb.” But perhaps the most interesting takeaway is what happens after the Stars ice the puck:

The key here is the face-offs, and the Stars trust that they’ll do the right thing on defensive zone draws. Of their 163 icings this season, only two have led to goals against. They’ve also only taken two penalties in the immediate aftermath of an icing, which is even more impressive when you consider that the Stars have been trying to get rid of the undisciplined penalties in their game.

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Stars Stories

Good news everyone:

With Martin Hanzal finally healthy again, here’s what that means for the rest of the Stars roster:

While all eyes have been on Miro Heiskanen during John Klingberg’s injury, it’s actually been Esa Lindell who has emerged as the number one defender for Dallas: [NHL]

Note to owners: don’t hire Anton Khudobin to your front office.


Central Census

If that last score sounds familiar, it’s because it is:

Pens/Avs season series: in both games home team jumps out to a 3-0 lead, then the visitor ties it 3-3. Then the home team scores 3 more to make it 6-3. Pretty wild how similar both games played out, with each team taking a win.

(Also throw in a natural hat trick by a Penguins player for each game, this time courtesy of Patric Hornqvist. He set a new record for fastest natural hat trick by a Penguin in franchise history.)

As tough as the Central is, I’m sure glad the Stars only have six teams to compete with instead of seven. I sure hope that never changes:


League Links

You’ve almost certainly heard this by now, but...

Greg Wyshnyski tries his best to be a cynic when it comes to the Seattle announcement, but ultimately fails: [ESPN]

With Seattle joining the Pacific, the Arizona Coyotes will shift over into the Central starting in the 2021-22 season:

Chris Kuc put together an excellent oral history of Braden Holtby’s “The Save” for the Washington Capitals in last year’s Stanley Cup Final: [The Athletic]

And you thought everyone was done with the William Nylander articles, didn’t you?

Denis Gurianov gets a shoutout as one of Ryan Kennedy’s prospects to watch: [The Hockey News]


Finally...

Sometimes, we forget that hockey exists not only outside of the NHL, but also outside of men’s sports. So with that in mind...