The Dallas Stars don’t score much in their current system, but Tyler Seguin is a special case. The superstar sniper hasn’t scored since last year – December 28, to be exact – and hasn’t had this rough a season since his rookie year.
So what’s up with his scoring problem? We’re not used to seeing this part of Seguin’s game suffer, especially when he’s playing well in general. But it isn’t for lack of shot attempts and scoring chances, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks, who did some math as part of his latest mail bag:
Most of [Seguin’s] underlying offensive figures are in line with his averages since arriving in Dallas. Except for shooting percentage. This year, the puck just isn’t going in, and that’s unusual for a typically sharp shooter like Seguin. The quantity of shots are about the same as before in his career, and the quality of chances are about in line as well.
DeFranks has done the sums, and he figures that the most likely resolution to Segs’ goal drought is that, well, he starts getting them again:
When the volume and the quality are about the same ... he’s bound to start scoring again. It may not result in the numbers Seguin is used to just based on the fact that there are only 29 games remaining in the regular season, but a rebound in the last two months of the season is to be expected from the team’s highest-paid player.
Stretches like these happen. They just haven’t so far in Seguin’s career.
There’s much more behind the paywall – including some thoughts on next year’s roster, on who will become the Stars’ next head coach, and more. [SportsDayDFW]
Mike Heika talked to Blake Comeau about joining the “A” team.
The Stars played the “Three People You’d Invite To Dinner” game. Hilarity ensued.
The Stars are trying to pinpoint the photo for January, and you – yeah, you – can help.
Around The League(s)
- The Colorado Avalanche made short work of the struggling Ottawa Senators with a 4-1 road victory. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Winnipeg Jets snapped the St. Louis Blues’ 11-game home point streak with a 4-2 regulation win. [NHL]
- Zach Parise scored his 20th goal of the season as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And Roman Josi earned his 400th career point as the Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 in the Saddledome. [On The Forecheck]
Former Star Jack Campbell has arrived in Toronto, and he’s pretty happy about it.
"I think I packed a pair of gym shorts and one pair of pants for the road trip so had to do a little shopping but I'm just so excited to be here."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 6, 2020
Jack Campbell spoke to the media about how excited he is to be apart of the @MapleLeafs. pic.twitter.com/xCLnS4PUy9
Does this mean more netminders are about to change address? Steven Ellis takes a look at the names who could feature in TDL transactions.
Which NHL goalie will be the next one moved?https://t.co/kOXs5T1UAJ— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 7, 2020
Greg Wyshynski has found a good way to liven up the boring old NHL power rankings. Guess which Stars nickname made the cut.
Power Rankings aren't everyone's thing. That's fine. But what if every team in them featured some of the best player nicknames in the NHL. Would that be something you might be interested in? https://t.co/dET3rx4K2L— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 6, 2020
Vladimir Tarasenko made a surprise appearance at the Blues’ morning skate yesterday.
Meanwhile, Brent Seabrook is out for the season, just as the Chicago Blackhawks are turning theirs around.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Brent Seabrook underwent successful surgery today on his right hip.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 6, 2020
Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says he anticipates Brent will be ready to return in five-to-six months. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/Ki7z7uyJMM
And the Flames have “dodged a bullet” – Mark Giordano’s hamstring injury will not require surgery.
Mark Giordano is week to week for the Flames because of a hamstring injury. The defenseman was injured at 13:53 of the second period in a 3-1 loss to the Sharks at on Tuesday when attempting to take a shot https://t.co/FxMGYVKJHI— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) February 6, 2020
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Nice for Vegas, not so much for the T-Stars, or their fans.
Sean Shapiro covered the T-Stars for years, and he has memories.
The Texas-San Antonio rivalry was fun, even if a bit overplayed. During 2012-13 season Texas Stars had three opponents within a bus trip, a nice Texas triangle. Now all 3 are gone starting next season.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) February 6, 2020
The Idaho Steelheads have whipped up the kind of style competition a hockey fan can get behind. Check it out. You know you want to.
We lined up Steelheads players/staff and want to know from you: Who Wore It Better? Mullet Edition— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) February 6, 2020
Cast your vote for a chance to win Steelheads signed memorabilia, and share your mullet using #FeelTheMullet to be featured in-arena and online!
VOTE: https://t.co/lxoVscOAnl pic.twitter.com/bIujnsNTi5