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Dallas Stars Daily Links: California Woes

The California teams just haven’t been very nice to the Stars this road trip. Plus Olympic updates, trade deadline speculation, and a whole lot more.

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NHL: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
It was just one of those days.
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Man, that was rough. The Dallas Stars came up short yet again in their second game in California, getting blanked by the Anaheim Ducks 2-0.

Hopefully, the team turns things around tomorrow in Los Angeles. I’m not sure I can handle another loss like these.

No goal clips this time (for obvious reasons), so let’s just jump to the post-game interviews. Here’s John Klingberg sticking up for his goalie:

Speaking of which, here’s Ben Bishop:

...and the captain, Jamie Benn:

Well, this definitely doesn’t make me feel better:

Looks like Martin Hanzal will definitely be out tomorrow:


Stars Stories

As Gemel Smith continues to deal with the healthy scratches, Alexander Radulov has emerged to help the young forward fight through it. [The Athletic]

Scott Burnside sat down with Nick Ritchie, brother of Stars’ forward Brett Ritchie, before the game last night:

It seems that the Stars have finally come to grips with Martin Hanzal’s constant injuries:

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was on The Ticket yesterday. You can listen to his interview here: [Between the Blue Lines]


Winter Olympics Update

Miro Heiskanen’s quest for an Olympic medal has ended tragically:

Heiskanen played quite a bit:

...but surprisingly not much towards the end:

Finland isn’t the only team to go home empty-handed though as Sweden was upset by Germany 4-3 overtime:

And of course there’s the USA men’s team, who had lost to the Czech Republic 3-2. Greg Wyshnyski gives five reasons as to why the American’s quest for gold failed: [ESPN]

The USA women’s team, however fared much better, beating Canada 3-2 in the shootout for the gold:

That means the only hockey left is the men’s. The Olympic Athletes from Russia, who defeated Norway 6-1, will square off against the Czechs, while Canada takes on Germany. [Bracket]


Around the League

It was a very quiet night last night, with only two other NHL games being played. One of those match-ups was between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Ottawa Senators, with the Blackhawks winning 3-2 in the shootout. [Second City Hockey]

In case you thought they couldn’t get any better, the Nashville Predators might be getting another late season upgrade in addition to Mike Fisher:

Meanwhile, other General Managers have to actually make trades to get new players. As weird as it sounds to say it, Winnipeg Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff might be one of them. [NHL]

Speaking of GMs, Down Goes Brown takes a look at the most predictive (and annoying) soundbites that you hear from management this time of year:

Luke Fox breaks down what each team will likely do in the next few days in a special trade deadline edition of his power rankings: [Sportsnet]

One of the biggest names who might be gone by the trade deadline? Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson:

Speaking of Karlsson, what should the Senators expect if they trade him before the deadline? [ESPN]

Believe it or not, not everything here is speculation, as there actually were trades yesterday:

Okay, enough about trades. Jared Clinton breaks down the top Cup-less veterans who could potentially win it all this year: [The Hockey News]


Finally...

In case you didn’t see it in the comments yesterday, shoutout to Rev and his #FreeHonka sign: