No lead is safe from, or for, the Dallas Stars. That fan truism showed itself again on Monday, when the Victory Green Gang blew a two-goal lead and allowed the Vegas Golden Knights four unanswered goals.
So what will they try to do differently today against the Colorado Avalanche? Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika thinks the change needs to start from the top:
Right now, the Stars’ best players are struggling. Both Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn were near invisible Monday in a 5-3 loss to Vegas in the first game of Dallas’ round-robin competition at the NHL playoff bubble in Edmonton. Their line with Denis Gurianov didn’t record a shot on goal and the trio was a combined minus-8.
“They didn’t get a shot on net, and I double shifted them a couple of times, just to try to get them going,” Bowness said. “They didn’t have a very good game, so we have to count on them being a lot better (Wednesday). If we want to win this thing, we have to count on those guys being a lot better.”
That said, the vital signs in the roster depth are looking better and better:
One of the more intriguing revelations Monday was the fact Joe Pavelski’s line was terrific (he scored a goal) and Corey Perry had several offensive chances (he scored on the power play). Both are veteran additions who could help Dallas advance further than last season.
“They were creating offense. They were spending good quality time in the offensive zone,” Bowness said. “Pavelski’s line got us on the scoreboard. Corey made a huge power play goal and made some other really good plays that didn’t result in us scoring goals, but they were still quality offensive plays. Both of those lines were generating good offensive quality chances, so very encouraging signs.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
The Stars want a reset, and Rick Bowness is expecting one.
"The things that we've been working on, we saw some good results from it. Unfortunately, we just didn't do it for 60 minutes."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) August 4, 2020
Coach Bowness looks ahead to tomorrow's tilt against Colorado: pic.twitter.com/t9l2ORc7FX
Josh Clark got a glimpse of how that might look in yesterday’s practice.
Rick Bowness said that the Stars switched Gurianov and Hintz in practice today.— Josh Clark (@Josh_Clark02) August 4, 2020
Ben Bishop is a natural spokesman for the effectiveness of wearing a mask for safety.
In a world where the game experience depends more than ever on the talent at the soundboard, Grubes is, more than ever, the hero we need.
I believe I found the one story topic that everyone can agree on in 2020: everybody loves Grubes. https://t.co/RGGF0rMTtC— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) August 4, 2020
Around The League(s)
#Murder Was The Case
- The Nashville Predators evened their series with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, thanks to depth scoring and a playoffs-worthy performance by Juuse Saros. [On The Forecheck]
- Injuries – including the self-inflicted kind – are taking a toll on the Winnipeg Jets, now down 2-1 in the play-in round after a 6-2 drubbing by the Calgary Flames. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild gave up their series lead with last night’s 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks – who got two-point games from three players. [Hockey Wilderness]
About Last Night: The Canes’ stars led the way and James Reimer was fantastic, as Carolina swept the Rangers Tuesday night and showed they came to Toronto to do some winning. https://t.co/dFag2RtuKt— x-Canes Country (@CanesCountry) August 5, 2020
Does the casual cross-check need to go the way of the dead puck? The sight of Jake Muzzin getting stretchered off the ice has opened an old wound.
Apologists will say Jake Muzzin was injured, possibly seriously, when he "fell awkwardly into the boards." In reality, he was pushed into them with the kind of crosscheck that goes largely uncalled in the NHL. My blog. https://t.co/G4tIAr2xWv— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) August 5, 2020
If Muzzin’s injury – possibly a hyperextended neck – doesn’t put him on long-term injured reserve, will he still be able to re-enter the bubble? It depends.
Here’s the official protocol from NHL regarding players leaving bubble for medical reasons.— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) August 4, 2020
I’m quite aware this is not the immediate concern for Jake Muzzin but I’ve been asked many times. And it’s worth knowing.
At least 4 consecutive negative tests and 4-day quarantine. pic.twitter.com/tt04Wr2WII
In case anyone wonders if the NHL doesn’t really have any diversity issues, Greg Wyshynski goes back to where the work began – in 1994.
"I remember Gary Bettman said, 'Look around our office. What are we, 90 percent white or 95 percent white? We need more women. We need more visible minorities.'"— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 4, 2020
My story on the NHL's first attempt at racial equality, the Diversity Task Force. https://t.co/uY32aqXc7d
The AHL has already postponed its 2021 All-Star weekend.
The 2021 #AHLAllStar Classic, scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Laval, will not be held due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and the adjustment of the 2020-21 season calendar.— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) August 4, 2020
The @RocketLaval will instead host the 2022 event.
Details: https://t.co/Tp50vrutDv pic.twitter.com/ZKxk8q3Tu0
But in case you missed it, the current plan is for the AHL and ECHL to begin the new season on the same day.
Does anything say “Everything’s gonna be all right” like a game-day hype video? I’m not sure anything does. Enjoy.