But Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika sees a pattern developing. And he advocates dropping it before it becomes a habit:
...Yes, it’s just preseason. Yes, the top players on Saturday were playing their first game since May. Yes, they have time to change this pretty quickly.
Still, the Stars have not looked good so far.
This team with great expectations of immense improvement looks a little too much like the flawed squad last season that might have depended too heavily on great goaltending and impressive penalty kill.
And at the risk of sounding like An Old™, he names an aspiration for the current Stars that reaches back into their most storied era:
One of the things I loved about the turn-of-the-century Stars was the fact they loved the pressure, they wanted the expectations, they fed off of the hype. They had swagger, because they knew what they could do.
They had plenty of fun, to be sure, but they also knew when it was time to get serious.
It’s that time for this group.
Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]
Here are Heika’s observations from a night to forget in Oklahoma.
Speaking of practice, don’t forget that the Stars’ Frisco sessions are open to the public.
For those interested in watching practices, here is the weekly schedule. Only skates at Comerica Center open to public pic.twitter.com/1rSoC8pIwO— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 22, 2019
It’s the perfect time to speculate on whether Tyler Seguin will have a good season or the greatest good season.
And Jeremy Fuchs takes a look at the Victory Greening of Corey Perry and Joe Pavelski.
“We think we’re a team that has a legit shot. They’re the missing pieces.”https://t.co/JoqEgdCjsW— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) September 22, 2019
NBC is asking. It’s like you have to say something.
Which Stars jersey is your favorite? pic.twitter.com/UbuDeieRdK— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 21, 2019
Around The League(s)
Jon Lane has been paying close attention to the preseason, too. Here’s what he’s noticed.
Five things we learned from the preseason games Saturday, including how the Predators' power play is improving https://t.co/tDxAEswZHS— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) September 22, 2019
Can Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville recapture some of their Chicago Blackhawks magic with the Panthers?
Bob McKenzie reports that this is “not nearly as ominous as it sounds” and that the Winnipeg Jets are simply saving cap flexibility by suspending Dustin Byfuglien.
The NHL Officials Association is reportedly about to finalize a new four-year CBA.
NHL new deal with officials is done, pending ratification by the officials’ association.— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) September 20, 2019
Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is raising his voice about the physical and mental anguish of head injuries in hockey.
“Unlike broken bones, concussions are invisible ... everyone in the hockey community needs to unite and redefine what we mean by toughness and warrior mentality.”@Avalanche captain @GabeLandeskog92 speaks out. #NationalConcussionAwarenessDayhttps://t.co/DUiCfd4DxB— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) September 20, 2019
In Hockey News All-Access: Team Mexico could be the next Olympic Cinderella story, with help from legend Hayley Wickenheiser and her annual hockey festival for girls.
“You can’t understand. You know how much I have fought for this? And finally we are succeeding.”— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) September 23, 2019
Mexico’s women’s team is climbing the IIHF ranks. And with a hockey legend in their corner, the Olympics are in sight.
Read now with All-Access: https://t.co/JFgWUA4NJf
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
The Idaho Steelheads are feeling hockey season, and they want you to feel it, too.
Oh, like you haven’t wanted this. Enjoy.