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Dallas Stars Daily Links: What To Do About The Stars’ Slow Start

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There need to be some changes made, writes Sean Shapiro. Plus, Roope Hintz forever, growing the game in China, and more.

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Leaving your backup goalie out to dry is one thing you can stop doing if you want to pick up points, just saying.
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The Dallas Stars haven’t opened the season with zero points in three games since they moved to Texas. It’s not an ideal way to begin, but it’s also a long season.

The problem with the Central Division is that a slow start can make the season even longer – especially when your highest-paid players are Exhibit A. They place high on Sean Shapiro’s list of areas where immediate improvement is needed:

On Saturday, the St. Louis Blues made big plays to complete a comeback against Dallas. The Red Wings did similar things on Sunday and found a way to win.

When Dallas needed big plays, two players stepped up – Roope Hintz and Mattias Janmark. One night earlier, it was Miro Heiskanen.

I shouldn’t be able to count on one hand the number of players stepping up in the third period. That’s the problem.

Sean runs down other common inefficiencies in the first three games – including a lack of discipline when it comes to handing out penalties:

With 16 seconds remaining in the first period, John Klingberg was called for an interference penalty that Stars coach Jim Montgomery readily admitted after the game should have been avoided. Dallas simply needed to read the situation better.

In the second period, the Stars were twice called for too-many-men on the ice penalties while they were already shorthanded. That’s unacceptable and continued to sap the Stars’ chances of getting any relevant-to-consistent even-strength play.

There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]


Stars Stuff

Mike Heika has posted his own thoughts on a frustrating first weekend of hockey.

Razor has some tips for turning it around.

Do it for Roope Hintz, who is still playing like a gift from above, and who is also helping Mattias Janmark return to form in the bargain.

Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

Mika Zibanejad did something remarkable on Saturday, and it wasn’t just scoring eight points in two games for the New York Rangers.

You know who else is off to a great start? Kevin Shattenkirk. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s latest value acquisition just hit the top 10 on the fantasy waiver wire.

The Detroit Red Wings are probably going to get even better, and soon.

Speaking of the future of hockey, the league is working quietly but diligently on tending its adoption in China.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars suffered a late-game heartbreak of their own on Saturday with a 5-3 loss to the Manitoba Moose.

Head coach Derek Laxdal is still encouraged by his squad’s progress.

Finally

In case you missed it – a moment of happiness brought to you by the Erik Karlsson family. Enjoy.