As the Dallas Stars seek to lock down a playoffs spot, second-guessing the coaching staff seems to come naturally. Why wouldn’t interim head coach Rick Bowness give more ice time to rising stars like Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz, especially when they do so much with it?
Well, it’s never that easy. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika goes into it in one of his latest posts:
As Bowness and his coaching staff have tried to get more minutes for Denis Gurianov (20 goals) and Roope Hintz (18 goals), they have changed the way they are doing things. Now, each game is an entity unto itself and minutes vacillate because of the amount of special teams play or whether the Stars are leading or trailing. But while some fans complain that Bowness isn’t using Gurianov or Hintz enough, nobody seems to be concerned that Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov are down two minutes of ice time per game from last season.
Benn has played five of the past 10 games in the 13-minute range, while Radulov has played two games in that range since returning from injury.
And even an interim head coach has to consider human factors, from time to time:
When all of the defensemen were healthy, Bowness was alternating Roman Polak and Andrej Sekera every other game. It was difficult for the two veterans, and Bowness said he felt their frustration. That’s the human side of the game. You might sit at home and say it’s Bowness’ job to deal with that unemotionally, and you’re probably right. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy call.
Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]
Saad Yousef has all the details on the Stars’ shootout loss in St. Louis.
Everything you could need to know about what went down last night in St. Louis and what it all means between Stars and Blues.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) March 1, 2020
So much to unpack from the 4-3 shootout loss which put a cap on a 9-3-3 month of February. All here https://t.co/ec7aK94Amf
ICYMI, Justin Dowling is back in Dallas.
And Denis Gurianov joined some interesting company with his goal on Saturday night.
Denis Gurianov becomes the 15th rookie in #GoStars history to score 20 goals— Travis Currie (@travcurrie) March 1, 2020
(3rd since move to @DallasStars)
P.Braser 20 pic.twitter.com/AnzSFY6pPR
Around The League(s)
#Murder Was The Case
- Jonathan Toews got a goal, an assist and a shootout tally as the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Florida Panthers in extra minutes, 3-2. [Second City Hockey]
- The Colorado Avalanche swept a back-to-back weekend with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Josh Morrissey-less Winnipeg Jets fought hard but dropped a game to Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- And the Minnesota Wild lost a tough and surprisingly nasty game to the Washington Capitals, 4-3. [Japers’ Rink]
Toews also became the first player in NHL history to score 50 shootout goals. Jared Clinton came up with a list of players who weren’t nearly that good at it.
Shootout Struggles: As Toews takes over as top scorer, which players land on the other end of the spectrum?@THNJaredClinton looks at 10 players who've lacked shootout success. A few surprises make the list:https://t.co/PmSNuS1V1N— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 2, 2020
The Tampa Bay Lightning just took a major hit to their hopes for a long playoffs run.
If you remember Cammi Granato as one of Team USA’s all-time greats, you’ll love this story about where she is now.
Cammi Granato, the first female scout in the NHL, let me spend a game with her while she was scouting. It was an illuminating evening. https://t.co/e5flBZ8AVg— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) March 1, 2020
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars notched a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night.
Defender Ondrej Vala earned a big milestone, too.
Andrew Cogliano wasn’t born a dog companion, but he became one as fast as he could. Enjoy.