There’s a case to be made that the Dallas Stars can actually benefit from the current NHL work stoppage.
One reason is that it gives them a chance to shake off the six-game fail streak that dogged them before the COVID-19 stoppage. You were thinking it, and Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika has spelled it out in his latest post:
“We’ve been in the top 10 all year, and we’ve been in the top two or three defensively all year. The team is doing a lot of good things, and we can’t lose sight of that,” Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said.
”We were all thrilled with our month of February and we were challenging for first place in the conference, so we know what we can do. Let’s put it this way: We were all feeling better about our play than the record indicated.”
And it’s easy to see how extra rest could benefit the Stars’ most seasoned veterans, if and when they go into a Stanley Cup series:
Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry each have played 134 playoff games. Ben Bishop has 49 in net. Alexander Radulov has a wealth of international playoff experience.
”We have a good mix of young guys who can skate and veteran presence, and I think that can be a good combination in the playoffs,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “Veterans can be a calming influence and be able to handle the extreme situations that arise in the playoffs, and the players who are young might be ready to go more quickly. It’s an unknown for everybody, but I think we’re as well situated as anybody.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Nothing like a good flashback to get you going on Throwback Thursday.
And here’s one way to keep kids awake during remote schooling.
TEACHERS! I want to join YOUR class for on their next Zoom meeting!— Victor E. Green (@VictorEGreen) April 9, 2020
Email me with your contact info, time of your next meeting, and what your students will be learning!
I’ll help make sure they remember the lesson and forget they’re at home!
Personalized for all grades, K-12! pic.twitter.com/iugCKOG5nQ
Around The League(s)
The St. Louis Blues have discovered Zoom. Amazing.
The Blues became the first pro sports team to have a full team virtual get together since the sports world went on pause due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. It will be on https://t.co/lf7CgbHFsN, NHL social channels and Sportsnet ONE at 8 p.m. ET. https://t.co/15h5z6M7NM— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 8, 2020
There’s a universe in which the Colorado Avalanche win it all in the West, and Sports Illustrated has found it.
The ceremony is canceled, but will the 2020 NHL Awards be given at some point anyway? If so, John Carlson should stay close to the white courtesy phone.
John Carlson of the Washington Capitals was having a career year, one that likely would have finished with a Norris Trophy. It would be a shame if he couldn't bring it home. My blog. https://t.co/FopRjgAkkf— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) April 8, 2020
One more silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud: Hockey pros are getting a rare opportunity to just be home with their kids during the school year.
Parenting 101 and other lessons of the pandemic for NHL players: https://t.co/FEZAAhaCDU— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 1, 2020
Tyler Seguin’s partners at BioSteel are reaching out to both workers and patients who are currently in the healthcare system.
BioSteel has pledged $2 million of our Hydration Mix to front-line workers & hospital patients to help keep everyone hydrated & help maintain overall health. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you/someone you know is working the front-lines & can benefit from our Hydration Mix. pic.twitter.com/3FVOahtqrG— BioSteel (@BioSteelSports) April 7, 2020
ICYMI, the Arizona Coyotes organization is leading from the front.
Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen and GM John Chayka will donate 20 percent of their respective salaries over the coming months to aid the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund and other non-profit organizations. https://t.co/SrsbjKox40— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 31, 2020
It’s not Pekka Rinne’s goalie goal, but Andrei Svechnikov’s Michigan is close enough.
We have a winner!— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) April 8, 2020
After an early lead from @cmcdavid97, @Canes fans came out in full force to secure a win for @ASvechnikov_37!
According to YOU, Svechnikov's lacrosse goal was the BEST goal of the season
See the goal: https://t.co/ey975tDkZE pic.twitter.com/QET4gEGxml
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Remember hockey? Remember being outside? The Texas Stars do.
Passover began last night, and Elliotte Friedman is celebrating for the heroes who are still at work. Enjoy.