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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Examining Shore’s Scoring Drought

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After a short hot streak, Shore has failed to score in the last 25 games. Plus, Gurianov lights it up for Texas, some minor NHL trades, and more.

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Once upon a time, Devin Shore was on fire. But lately, the Dallas Stars forward has been having trouble putting the puck in the net, currently riding a 25-game goal scoring drought.

One theory could be that Shore changed something about his shot, but Shore himself believes otherwise:

“Nothing different,” Shore said. “I was shooting. I’ve had a lot of Grade-A chances recently, and they’re not going in... You’re going to have spells like that throughout your season and throughout your career, so if you start worrying about it, then it’s going to prevent you from doing the things you may have been doing well even when you’re not scoring.”

Another possible explanation is that he simply isn’t shooting enough. But at the same time, he’s actually getting better shots off, which just makes things more confusing:

According to Natural Stat Trick, Shore has fewer scoring chances overall (6.10 per 60 then vs. 4.62 now) but more high-danger ones (2.25 per 60 then vs. 3.16 now). Thursday night’s 2-1 loss in Philadelphia was the first time since Jan. 2 that Shore did not register two high-danger scoring chances.

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.


Stars Stories

Good news, everyone! The Texas Stars beat the Rockford IceHogs 4-3 in the shootout last night: [100 Degree Hockey]

The first star of the game was Denis Gurianov, who had two goals for the evening:

Gurianov’s success is both a blessing and a curse for Texas head coach Derek Laxdal:


Around the League

The Winnipeg Jets were the lone Central team to play last night, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. [Winging It In Motown]

Down Goes Brown gets a little serious — and then funny again — in his latest Grab Bag:

Out of all players with new contracts this season, former Star Alex Chiasson is arguably giving the Edmonton Oilers the most “bang for their buck.” [The Hockey News]

Here’s a quick trade roundup for you:

Greg Wyshynski digs into player contract limits and more CBA stuff in his latest Wysh List: [ESPN]

Tensions are high between Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets, so is it time for them to part ways?


Finally...

You gotta admit, this is pretty cool.