The Western Conference wild-card race is experiencing the “squeeze” end of the concertina effect, and the Dallas Stars inadvertently helped that along with Thursday’s loss against the Colorado Avalanche.
It’s one of those moments you just have to trudge through, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika. For the players, staying positive will probably help:
“We played some good hockey, but you know, we just couldn’t score,” said defenseman Roman Polak, who played 19:07 and had four hits. “It’s been our problem the whole season: We don’t score as much as we would like to, but as a team, we did a great job. We created a lot of scoring chances and put a lot of pressure on their defense and I think we played a fast game.
”We didn’t get the results we want, but I think if we keep playing like that for the rest of the season, we can get more wins.”
The Stars have shown they can do it, says head coach Jim Montgomery:
“We are a more consistent and fundamentally sound team with and without the puck. That’s why you’re seeing us have more success on a more consistent level,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.
”Also, our players are a lot more comfortable within the game, how we’re playing whether we’re ahead or behind. We’re playing a good brand of hockey and we’re going to end up on the right side of the score sheet most of the time if we keep playing this way.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
And there’s more from Mike, as he checks in on über-rookie Miro Heiskanen.
Avoiding 'the wall': Heiskanen not slowing down in first full season https://t.co/nwz3esyRMq via @NHLdotcom— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 22, 2019
First of all, Tyler Seguin. That’s it, pretty much.
Tyler Seguin became the first player in @DallasStars / North Stars franchise history to collect at least 70 points in each of his first six seasons with the club.@tseguinofficial trails only Mike Modano (12) for the most such seasons in franchise history. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/ZcRewgWFI8— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 22, 2019
Maybe another scoring leader will help. Justin Dowling joins the Stars for tonight’s game as a non-emergency recall.
#txstars captain and leading scorer Justin Dowling joins the Dallas Stars. Both Texas and Dallas are in action tonight at 7:00 p.m.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 23, 2019
Read: https://t.co/KXPLSEREOl pic.twitter.com/wjpc2FY2fl
What should fans expect tonight? The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks posted yesterday’s practice lines.
Stars during practice today:— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) March 22, 2019
Nichushkin, Spezza, L’Esperance, Ritchie
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- No breaks in the #MDK: The Minnesota Wild took advantage of an inert Washington Capitals power play to net a 2-1 victory in Capital One Arena. [Japers’ Rink]
Here’s how that affected the standings.
Jordan Binnington has helped pull the St. Louis Blues into playoffs position. All that play has also helped the Blues avoid a dangerous form of unrestricted free agency for their new star.
Jordan Binnington has officially reached RFA status: https://t.co/xa45k7rJdf— Pro Hockey Rumors (@prohockeyrumors) March 23, 2019
Consistency in officiating, whaaaaat? Tampa Bay Lightning forward Yanni Gourde got the Jack Eichel Special for his illegal check on Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal.
Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde has been suspended for two games for an Illegal Check to the Head on Carolina’s Jordan Staal. https://t.co/eGugV9BrDd— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 22, 2019
Forty-who? The Boston Bruins have signed blueline leviathan Zdeno Chara to a one-year extension.
#NHLBruins sign Zdeno Chara to a 1-year, $2 million extension. At 42 years & 5 days old, he is the 2nd-oldest player in the NHL this season (Matt Cullen 42 years, 141 days). pic.twitter.com/i7NXCpI7w5— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 23, 2019
Just when you thought the Ottawa Senators’ deal for a new arena couldn’t go any further south...Mayor Jim Watson fired back.
"I don't take my marching orders from Eugene Melnyk," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson From @CBCOttawa— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) March 22, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars’ scoring went quiet in last night’s loss to the Chicago Wolves.
Stars Struggle to Bury Chances in 4-1 Loss to Wolveshttps://t.co/cwlBkLkQRP#txstars via: @ryanpennington pic.twitter.com/33b7nmyWoP— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) March 23, 2019
NO ONE EXPECTS MARCH MADNESS. Enjoy.
When you are a hockey player, but you caught Madness fever. pic.twitter.com/l583mPYpfB— BarDown (@BarDown) March 23, 2019