Sean Shapiro points out this statistic for those who worry about a first-round sweep by a Western Conference powerhouse:
With back-to-back wins against the Flames and Winnipeg Jets, the Stars finished the season 6-1-0 against the two divisional leaders in the Western Conference.
While they wouldn’t be favored, it certainly is a good sign for the Stars when they in all likelihood meet the Jets or Flames in the first round.
Jason Spezza drew back in due to Brett Ritchie’s sore hand, and the results indicate he should play more:
Spezza ended up playing the role you would have expected for a fourth-liner who had recently been scratched. He had only 17 shifts for 8:36 of ice time and was called for interference in the second period.
But in his limited time he had three shots on goal and four total attempts. He also won 64 percent of his faceoffs. With back-to-back games and a trip to Edmonton, it might behoove the Stars’ coaching staff to trust him a bit more against the Oilers.
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Also, I’ll just leave this here.
The @DallasStars are the only Western Conference team to sweep the Calgary Flames this year.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) March 28, 2019
Meeting Mats Zuccarello and Tyler Seguin mic’ed up are just two highlights of the latest Open Ice video.
Look out, Los Tiburones – the Stars are moving their outreach efforts, including the Learn to Play program. to Mexico City and beyond.
The Dallas Stars have spent the last 25 years growing the game of hockey in Texas. And now, the organization is working to bring hockey even further south to Mexico. https://t.co/nonNe8ofeb— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 27, 2019
And Mike has more on Anton Khudobin’s stellar performance this year. [Dallas Stars]
Around The League(s)
- The Colorado Avalanche continue their push for the playoffs with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights and a history-making performance from Tyson Barrie. [Mile High Hockey]
What’s happening to the Sean Monahan - Johnny Gaudreau - Elias Lindholm juggernaut? Eric Francis examines a dominating line that has hit a very rough patch.
This game could make or break both team's playoff hopes https://t.co/qiYtLozkBT— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) March 27, 2019
First there was Steven Stamkos, now the Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten a huge hometown discount from head coach Jon Cooper. Ken Campbell examines the deal.
Jon Cooper could have named his price as a free agent bench boss. Instead, he's staying in Tampa Bay for three years at a bargain price. It's a steal for the Lightning, writes @THNKenCampbellhttps://t.co/qIIr82Yqos— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 28, 2019
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Blueliner Dillon Heatherington earned his first career GWG in the shootout.
"Usually I'm not the one going down on the shootout (in practice) but it was fun"— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) March 28, 2019
-Dillon Heatherington with a smile after scoring his game-winning goal tonight. pic.twitter.com/sjJSAvOjjs
This atom player is the hero we need, not the hero we deserve. Enjoy.