Did you watch the Dallas Stars’ third period on Tuesday night and say, “Let’s have more of that”? Sure, we all did! But how do the Stars make it stick?
Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika has chosen five things the team need to improve if they want to give fans more of that “Sweet Victory” action:
On the whole, the Stars have been outscored 10-9 in first periods and have been outshot 136-129, so it’s a situation where they can say they have responded well in some game. But that’s part of the issue, there is no real consistency, and at times when you think they will come out and dominate a first period, they often just dip their toe in the water and test the temperature.
Because the team wants to be “relentless” and “hard to play against,” the start of a game seems like a perfect opportunity to impose their will. You don’t have to be necessarily aggressive offensively, but you can be physical, and hard checking in order to infuse energy into a game.
Of note is the powerless power play, which has become such an issue that Montgomery has taken over for assistant coach Todd Nelson:
Dallas is trying all sorts of different things, including having Roope Hintz bring the puck up last game. Expect variety to be the norm for the year, as Dallas has a lot of players with power play success in their past.
Still, the philosophy has to be the same as at even strength, with players attacking the net and forcing chaos and carnage in front of the opposing goalie. Montgomery said he hopes having more practice days helps spark the power play going forward.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
This is how Jamie Benn and his teammates spent the day after that big comeback.
Stars will help out and volunteer time to tornado relief today pic.twitter.com/uDuOsbYyok— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 30, 2019
Here’s what it looked like.
And here’s what your phone can look like this Halloween, if you’ll only download.
Around The League(s)
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- The Colorado Avalanche blew a 3-1 lead in the final 10 minutes and lost 4-3 in OT to another fast-rising squad, the Florida Panthers. [Mile High Hockey]
- And in Central-on-Central violence, Jordan Binnington made 35 saves to help the St. Louis Blues smother the Minnesota Wild, 2-1. [St. Louis Game Time]
John Tavares returned to practice yesterday for the first time since breaking his finger in an October 16 loss to the Washington Capitals.
John Tavares says he that while he hasn't liked having to miss games, he has enjoyed spending time at home with his newborn son. pic.twitter.com/9JxdCdtSjQ— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 30, 2019
Are we relitigating the 2015 NHL Draft already? OK.
The 2015 NHL draft class featured Connor McDavid, but he wasn't the only superstar to come out. After the Oilers' star, who would you want on your team? https://t.co/jTegOsEr32— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 31, 2019
ICYMI, Tuesday was a big night everywhere, as Andrei Svechnikov became the first player to pull off The Michigan during an NHL game.
Two scores to lead the @Canes to victory, including a goal of the year candidate.— NHL (@NHL) October 30, 2019
Yeah, Andrei Svechnikov (@ASvechnikov_37) had the @Bridgestone Clutch Performance of the Night. pic.twitter.com/cUkTuOGOTp
Meanwhile, Dustin Byfuglien’s injury issues are bringing his long leave of absence into sharp focus.
As just reported ono @NBCSN, Dustin Byfuglien recently underwent ankle surgery to take care of unresolved issues from the high-ankle sprain he suffered late last season. What that means for his future and whether it could, in time, lead to his return to WPG remains to be seen.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 31, 2019
Sad news: Jim Gregory, who spent his life in hockey and still never made an enemy, has died. He would have been 84 next week.
“Jimmy always found good in people and he was the conscience of the game. He was a good man, an honest man and always did all the right things.”— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 31, 2019
Today, we remember Jim Gregory.https://t.co/Vy71x31b6u
Any time and anywhere a player pulls off a Michigan, it’s worth marking down. Ladies and gentlemen: Canucks prospects Nils Höglander. Enjoy.