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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Turning The Season Around

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The Stars still have confidence that they can halt their early-season slide. Plus, the league’s longest losing streaks, Mika Zibanejad’s side hustle, and more.

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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]


Stars Stuff

Meanwhile, Sean Shapiro surveys the damage.

Good omens? Joe Pavelski finally got his first apple as a Star.

Corey Perry is clearly working his way back.

And Miro Heiskanen is still Miro Heiskanen.

Around The League(s)

#Murder Was The Case

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.

Now can the Arizona Coyotes snap their winless away streak at Dallas? Find out how many of these involve the Chicago Blackhawks.

See how the San Jose Sharks are turning it around? This was a highlight of last night’s 5-2 win over the Canes.

Mika Zibanejad has an interesting side hustle. Alex Prewitt takes a look inside his home studio.

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.

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.

Finally

Great interview, or greatest interview ever? Jackson Friedlander has a message for you. Enjoy.