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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Shutting Down Offense

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That’s specifically “the Flames’ offense,” but I suppose it works both ways. Plus, Game 6 is tonight, looking at first round losses from yesterday and years past, and more.

Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars - Game Five Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

The Dallas Stars’ “FCC line” composing of Radek Faksa, Blake Comeau, and Andrew Cogliano prides itself in shutting down opposing teams’ top lines. That’s exactly what they’ve done with the Calgary Flames’ top players so far in this series.

When the [Sean] Monahan line and the Faksa line are both on the ice at 5 on 5, the Stars’ checking line has turned the game into, well, a whole lot of nothing. Dallas owns an edge in shot attempts (16-7), the teams are even in shots on goal (5-5) while the Flames own the only high-danger chance during that time.

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The Stars haven’t driven play offensively themselves during that time, but they’ve essentially dulled the threat of Calgary’s best players by simply not allowing them to play offense.

Some teams — like the Colorado Avalanche — have the scoring depth to overcome such hurdles. But as their roster currently stands, the Flames don’t have much offensive talent, and as a result 5-on-5 offense has dried up as a whole:

Since the Flames are without leading scorer Matthew Tkachuk, the absence of top-line production echoes through the rest of the lineup. Rieder isn’t a top-six quality option, and Andrew Mangiapane hasn’t shown it this series. The heavy third line of Milan Lucic, Sam Bennett and Dillon Dube has done nothing since the first period of Game 2.

You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.


Stars Stories

It’s game day! Dallas looks to close out the series tonight with a Game 6 win over Calgary:

My bet is that Tkachuk will still be out, but a return to action would be huge for the Flames:

Friendly reminder that John Klingberg is awesome and we should all know it:

And Tyler Seguin is too, while we’re at it:


Around the League

And then there were fewer...

Those first round exits probably didn’t pull too many heartstrings, so here’s a list of 25 that did:

Friendly reminder that, should they advance, the Stars will have to face off against Nathan MacKinnon and the high-scoring Avalanche:

Anton Khudobin is one of many pending-UFA goaltenders who has the chance to make some money this offseason:

Finally, give a big hand to the NHL for continuing to keep their bubble intact, despite the odds stacked against them: