For the first time since the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars have ended up on the wrong end of a shutout. A cornered Nashville Predators squad converted on two power-play opportunities to take a 2-0 victory last night in Bridgestone Arena.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Stars, who perhaps will benefit from measuring themselves against other playoffs-bound teams this week. They’ll have a chance to get back to winning tomorrow, as well as get revenge for the loss. Nashville comes to Dallas, and there’s yet another postseason preview on the line, as Jeff Odom writes:
“It’s like a little playoff,” Stars center Radek Faksa said of playing two straight games against Nashville. “Playing back-to-back with the same teams, so it’s like a miniseries … and it can be huge for us going on to the playoffs.”
At this moment, it can also be huge toward getting Dallas back on track with just 15 games remaining as they look to halt what is now a four-game winless skid (0-2-2).
Of course, aside from their playoffs desperation and the predictable Corey Perry hazing, the Preds took that home victory during a week when their community really needed one:
For the first time since deadly tornadoes swept through Middle Tennessee earlier this week, killing at least 24 people, the Predators played a home game with heavy hearts.
Before puck drop, the team held a moment of silence to honor the victims. Predators players wore helmet stickers, and coaches and TV broadcasters donned white T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Nashville Strong” in blue and gold text.
Jeff has more. [Dallas Stars]
Tomorrow will be a great time to take part in the in-arena entertainment.
So much more than just a game.— Dallas Stars Foundation (@DS_Foundation) March 6, 2020
Please join us in supporting our hockey family in Nashville by buying a 50/50 raffle ticket at Saturday’s game or by donating online at https://t.co/7iGbvRQYyz. @PredsFoundation | #NashvilleStrong pic.twitter.com/MCwvGsjyhS
Rick Bowness has a few choice words for his team in the meantime.
Playing to win or trying not to lose? Dimitri Filipovic goes to bat for Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz. [ESPN]
Around The League(s)
In On The #Kill Taker
- The Chicago Blackhawks bagged their fourth straight win with a 4-3 decision over the Edmonton Oilers. [Second City Hockey]
- And the Minnesota Wild have battled their way into first wild-card position with last night’s 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. [Hockey Wilderness]
The Wild have made quite a comeback – but is it a false spring?
The Minnesota Wild won't go away, but are they really a playoff team?https://t.co/1t6lhKMH3k— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 6, 2020
Holy cats, did Mika Zibanejad have a night. [Blueshirt Banter]
Former Star Colton Sceviour shares some memories on the eve of Roberto Luongo’s rise to immortality.
This weekend, Roberto Luongo's jersey will rise to the rafters as a franchise-first for the @FlaPanthers.— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 5, 2020
Keith Yandle and @Sceviour7 share their favourite @strombone1 memories of their well-respected former teammate: https://t.co/wqg5OtZUzj #ThankYouLu pic.twitter.com/JT9LAv16oS
It’s never the wrong time to talk about the salary cap.
With next season's salary cap projected to be somewhere between $84-$88.2 million, a few teams will already be looking ahead and rejoicinghttps://t.co/DnIIFA4SXj— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) March 5, 2020
If you’ve ever been to a Stars home game, you’ll be thrilled to know that this superfan now has his own collector’s card. Enjoy.
Matt Day— Upper Deck Hockey (@UpperDeckHockey) March 5, 2020
Also known as MayDay, Matt has been a season ticket holder for 24 years and will be attending his 800th regular season game. In 2007, Matt was recruited by the @DallasStars to help with the Stars Fanatics #UltimateMVP #MyMVP pic.twitter.com/itnH2TtSXe