I suppose a few signs of life are better than nothing. And the Dallas Stars looked better against the Columbus Blue Jackets, until they didn’t.
But after last night’s 3-2 loss – their fourth in a row – the Stars seem determined to complete a turnaround, writes Mike Heika:
“It’s frustrating right now, things aren’t going the way we would like,” said goalie Ben Bishop. “But as frustrated as we are right now, we still have 90 percent of the season left to fix this ship. But it’s got to be more urgency from everybody from the start to the end. That’s where we are right now.”
Dallas has just three of its first 16 available points in the standings, and that is alarming. But, if it collects 87 points in the next 74 games, it would have the 90 points that Colorado needed last season to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. That’s a .587 points percentage, and it’s doable.
Can they speed up that turnaround just a little, though? Head coach Jim Montgomery recognizes the urgency, but says he sees signs that a change is gonna come:
“I thought we had an excellent first period, I thought we were skating, didn’t love our puck management in the second, I thought in the third we were working, trying to tie it up and gave up too many odd man rushes,” Montgomery said. “We didn’t do it together enough, but there are a lot of positives from that game. The shot generation we had, the high-end chances that we had. We just have to keep building on those things.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Meanwhile, Sean Shapiro surveys the damage.
Stars 20/20: Early season hole gets even deeper as Stars get burned on NHL goal of the year https://t.co/p2C6iExH3c— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 17, 2019
Good omens? Joe Pavelski finally got his first apple as a Star.
Corey Perry is clearly working his way back.
Corey Perry had one shot and played 13:55 in his Dallas debut after overcoming foot fracture in camp. Stars are off to 1-6-1 start.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 17, 2019
And Miro Heiskanen is still Miro Heiskanen.
Around The League(s)
#Murder Was The Case
- The Colorado Avalanche took their first L of the season, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Mile High Hockey]
The Nashville Predators’ league-leading scoring, the Carolina Hurricanes’ hot start, and Anthony Mantha’s fourth goal all made it into this week’s 31 Thoughts.
31 Thoughts: Enjoy! https://t.co/pgIGr1AYDz— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 16, 2019
Now can the Arizona Coyotes snap their winless away streak at Dallas? Find out how many of these involve the Chicago Blackhawks.
It took the Coyotes eight years to win a road game in Winnipeg. But that's not even close to the worst active road drought in the NHL. @THNJaredClinton looks at 10 teams that haven't been able to buy a win in certain cities:https://t.co/L682QMKzXv— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 17, 2019
See how the San Jose Sharks are turning it around? This was a highlight of last night’s 5-2 win over the Canes.
.@SanJoseSharks @evanderkane_9 has a hat trick... IN THE FIRST PERIOD pic.twitter.com/z42IX8jVz5— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 17, 2019
Mika Zibanejad has an interesting side hustle. Alex Prewitt takes a look inside his home studio.
“I haven’t gotten one noise complaint … so it’s working out.” @alex_prewitt dives into the musical world of Rangers’ star Mika Zibanejad https://t.co/x6ty9EGPuG— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) October 17, 2019
About two and a half years ago, Corey Hirsch posted a groundbreaking article to The Player’s Tribune. Now he’s posted a follow-up.
I was terrified before my original article came out in @PlayersTribune I thought I might be shunned, or ostracized. It was the complete opposite. I am here to tell you that you have nothing to be afraid of. Go get the help you need. #endthestigma https://t.co/xU0ySwabgn— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) October 10, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars honor their longtime captain this weekend. They’ll also try to get on a winning streak with a home-and-home against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
This Saturday, on Travis Morin Night, these #23 tribute jerseys will be worn during warm-ups and auctioned online via @DASHauction from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 16, 2019
Click the link below for more information:https://t.co/nj8hOV1WEz pic.twitter.com/pkv7HIEE2R
Great interview, or greatest interview ever? Jackson Friedlander has a message for you. Enjoy.
This might have been the greatest Mite of the Nite interview EVER. @AAAMidAtlantic pic.twitter.com/fKE8rmu7OU— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 17, 2019