The Dallas Stars can only count on so much luck from the Western Conference. They’ll need to look fresh for the next few games – and the next few games are all coming in less than a week.
Head coach Jim Montgomery already has an idea of how he wants to share duties for the hardworking goalie pair of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin, writes Mark Stepneski:
“We know that Bish is going to go Tuesday night (in Buffalo),” Montgomery said. “Definitely we’ll alternate them on the back-to-back with Minnesota and Vegas but which way we are not sure yet.”
The Stars are coming off a 2-1 loss to Chicago on Saturday that snapped their winning streak at four games, a loss in which Montgomery noted that the team didn’t have “tons of energy.”
With the four games coming up in six nights, Montgomery said he could be looking to rotate players in and out of the lineup to keep the energy levels up.
There’s more at Mark’s place, including his Western Conference tracker. [Stars Inside Edge]
There’s a familiar face among the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week. (Looking at you, Bish.)
Sean Shapiro has quick profiles on Joel L’Esperance, Roope Hintz and more in his latest roundup.
Joel L'Esperance has made an impression. The undrafted forward lit up the AHL and appears to have won an NHL job for the remainder of this year. @seanshapiro tells you about his story, Roope Hintz' impressive play and more in this week's Shap Shots. https://t.co/hpgAHDJzzZ— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) March 11, 2019
Do the lines from yesterday’s practice indicate some possible change-ups for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres?
Stars lines during practice today:— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) March 11, 2019
#Fancystats or no, Monty loves him some Roman Polak
Around The League(s)
Three Cases Of #Murder
- Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier extended their point streaks to five games as they helped the San Jose Sharks shut out the Minnesota Wild 3-0. [Fear The Fin]
- A Hawks win...helps? Brendan Perlini racked up a hat trick as the Chicago Blackhawks hung a loss on the Arizona Coyotes, 7-1. [Second City Hockey]
- And Petr Mrazek stopped 38 shots as the Colorado Avalanche were shut out by the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0. [Mile High Hockey]
Mark sums up a lucky evening for the Victory Green gang.
A positive night of scoreboard watching from the Stars perspective: Minnesota, Arizona, and Colorado all lost in regulation tonight.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 12, 2019
The St. Louis Blues haven’t been nearly so fortunate. Vladimir Tarasenko will be out of their lineup for at least another week.
How should the Vancouver Canucks deal with hot prospect and new signee Quinn Hughes? Drop him directly into the deep end, writes Steven Ellis.
Now that Quinn Hughes is signed, @StevenEllisTHN thinks the Canucks should give their star prospect every opportunity to be a key contributor before the season comes to a close.https://t.co/h6CnioplBx— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 11, 2019
It’s a bad look any time, but especially during Hockey Is For Everyone season – and the NHL is taking action on the possible use of homophobic language during a Tampa Bay Lightning-Toronto Maple Leafs game.
NHL investigating use of homophobic slur in Lightning-Leafs game https://t.co/BjBM0gAia2— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) March 12, 2019
And there is always, always a worse owner out there, even if you’re a Sens fan.
The wildest hockey story you're going to read today:— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 11, 2019
- @ElmiraEnforcers owner gets into physical altercation with referees. Police are called.
- Game is cancelled after one period after refs fear for safety.
- @TheFHL head ref resigns in disgust. https://t.co/qwD9jA3Pms
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Four points this weekend helped the playoff push. 13 goals helps the nerves on scoring down the stretch. Read more below. https://t.co/BpAvFQIhnl— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) March 11, 2019
Defenseman Niklas Hansson is rounding into form at a great time for the team.
Back to back career best performances for Niklas Hansson has helped him gather 10 points (3-7=10) in the last 9 games. pic.twitter.com/PtJESgUY1e— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 11, 2019
If you didn’t get to celebrate #NationalNappingDay on your own, this prank on the Canes’ Warren Foegele may think you think it was just as well. Enjoy.