It was only a week ago that the Dallas Stars were sitting at 1-7-1, and the season seemed to be all but over by late October. Now, the Stars are riding a three-game winning streak, with things finally looking up for once:
“We are finding ways to win,” [Corey] Perry said. “It’s not pretty, but it’s been effective and it’s getting the job done. Like I said, we’re one step at a time, one day at a time, and take it day by day.”
Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses — the Stars still have a long climb up before they’re back in a playoff spot, and each of their past three wins were against teams who are also sitting on the outside looking in currently. But as head coach Jim Montgomery says, it’s easier to make progress when you start seeing results:
“We’ve got to keep building,” Montgomery said. “It’s easier to teach and build on positives, and to teach on areas where you need to get better, when you’re winning. The players are more receptive, and I think the coaches do it in a better fashion.”
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It’s gameday! The Stars look to keep their winning streak going tonight with a rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who might have some reinforcements incoming:
The cavalry has arrived... Maybe.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 25, 2019
The Penguins had not one, not two, but three injured players return to full team practice this afternoon in Dallas.
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Montgomery is shuffling the forward lineup some more, such as potentially swapping Joe Pavelski and Denis Gurianov:
I think the posts have finally forgiven Tyler Seguin — the problem is now they’ve turned on Jamie Benn:
Jamie Benn is paid to score goals. The underlying signs to get him there are encouraging. https://t.co/db0zTHsqPd— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) October 26, 2019
Around the League
Matt Calvert and Nazem Kadri each score two in Avs 6-1 win over Golden Knights https://t.co/AYCB1Bj22X— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) October 26, 2019
The Nashville Predators’ blueline took a hit with the P.K. Subban trade, but Ryan Ellis is stepping up big time:
Down Goes Brown talks outdoor games and more in his latest Grab Bag:
After getting swept in the first round, perhaps the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to do things a little too differently this year?
The Philadelphia Flyers have started a bit slow, but they could be a sneakily good team this year:
Finally, it’s never too early to start looking at the next crop of UFAs: