The Dallas Stars have scored two power-play goals in their past four games, which is as many as they scored in their first 10.
At this point, the power play is out-performing the Stars’ 5-on-5 work. Given their low-shooting even-strength system, it’s an advantage they can use, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika points out:
...[The] Stars need their power play to add that all-important half a goal per game that helps convert their stingy goals against average (second in the NHL this season at 2.44 per game) into victories. Of course, they also want to add positivity and make sure the power play doesn’t drag things down -- as it did earlier in the season during the 1-7-1 start.
“You obviously want to score goals, but I think it’s just as important that the power play adds momentum to your game and doesn’t take it away,” said Stars coach Jim Montgomery at the time. “If you do the right things, we believe the goals will come.”
Stars players are keeping the puck longer, which contributes heavily to their ability to convert on the man advantage, Montgomery says. But there are still ways to improve, starting with its best players:
That said, they could use the big guns to start scoring again. Radulov was second in power play scoring last season with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and he leads this season with six points (four goals, two assists). Tyler Seguin led last season with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists), but he is way behind that pace this season with five assists and no goals.
Could the addition of Joe Pavelski (three goals and two assists on the power play), help improve the power play going forward? Will Denis Gurianov (two goals, two assists) and Miro Heiskanen (four assists) help keep the two units balanced? It’s all something to talk about going forward.
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Heika and Razor talk about how much fun it is to watch Dallas teams win in their latest podcast.
Going to see the Stars take on the New Jersey Devils tonight? Here’s an incentive to get there early.
No wonder it’s chilly today – Sean Shapiro is throwing shade.
The real opponent will be Stars fans on twitter reminding Russo all season that Dallas got the game first https://t.co/fYqWd0suXv— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 9, 2019
Around The League(s)
- The Colorado Avalanche overcame an early deficit and got a goal from Valeri Nichushkin, but lost 5-4 in OT to the Calgary Flames. [Mile High Hockey]
Set your calendars for February. Or March. Seattle Team To Be Named Later is getting its branding in order.
Seattle will be called the Seattle ___________. https://t.co/vk1JCfrevC— NHL (@NHL) December 10, 2019
Here’s your change, if you can keep it: The NHL has formed a plan to stop the punching-down culture in the pro game.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that all pro hockey coaches, general managers and assistant GMs would be required to undergo mandatory annual training on diversity and inclusion. https://t.co/7dcX0YM2wS— CBC News (@CBCNews) December 10, 2019
Daniel Carcillo got to this party earlier than most. Now he talks about the struggle to “clean up your side of the street,” and the reckoning that’s waiting for hockey culture writ large.
He was an abuser, a bully, an addict, a racist, a homophobe, and more. His list of amends was so long he still asks people if he ever did them wrong. He’s trying to do better for his kids, and for others. Daniel Carcillo, @CarBombBoom13, is a hockey story. https://t.co/yDhby62rj2— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Greg Wyshynski asks a process question that may haunt you:
That's one of the most chilling accusations by Akim Aliu: That Peters lobbied to demote him to the ECHL because he reported his racist language. I was hoping to hear something concrete from NHL on how to protect those players. Unless, maybe, they're already covered under law.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 10, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars are finding their way, and so is hot-again prospect Jason Robertson.
The AHL has named rookie forward Jason Robertson Player of the Week.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) December 9, 2019
Jason scored three goals and recorded five points to help the #txstars go 3-0 this week.
Read: https://t.co/TJssGiSWGj pic.twitter.com/12Zr2lJKku
The T-Stars kindly remind us all why showing is better than telling.
Just a small sample of why Jason Robertson won this week pic.twitter.com/1W3VSHfemz— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) December 9, 2019
Before you get ready to cheer for their defeat, let it be known that the Devils take that Hockey Is For Everyone thing pretty seriously. Enjoy.
For Evan Yasser, being on the autism spectrum doesn’t stop him from calling the game for a team that he loves.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 8, 2019
Evan's story is the subject of our latest episode of Jersey Life presented by @INFINITIUSA.#NJDevils | #HockeyisForEveryone pic.twitter.com/9v5YaAvn82