The Dallas Stars will suit up tonight for their third game this week. Between a humiliating loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday and that overtime loss on Wednesday, we seem to be witnessing a change for the better. And that change, in a word, is forechecking.
The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks examines how head coach Rick Bowness is working to do what the NHL’s elite teams have already done – build on a system of aggressive play in the opposition’s end:
They were a dangerous team in the offensive zone instead of a group hemmed into their own defensive zone. They denied Vegas zone exits and layered waves of an attack directed toward the Golden Knights’ net. For Stars coach Rick Bowness, it was the closest thing he’s seen this season to “Dallas Stars hockey,” save for the ending....
“If I’m coming through the four of you guys with the puck, what am I going to do with it?” Bowness said. “Try to stickhandle through four of you or put it behind you and go get it? That’s the pros and cons. Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup because they forecheck well. Carolina is one of the best teams because they forecheck well.”
The Stars may have given away the game to the Vegas Golden Knights, but the way they played for most of three periods showed how future wins will happen, writes DeFranks:
When the Stars’ forecheck is going well, nights like Wednesday happen.... It forces the opposition into turnovers in their own end, and creates scoring chances....
Bowness said the Stars created 20 scoring chances against the Golden Knights (a number tabulated by goaltending coach Jeff Reese), the most this season for Dallas.
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
It’s on like Tron. (No, really. They’re wearing the Blackout jerseys tonight.)
And because this is the Stars’ Halloween game, there’s even more fun to be had if you’re watching in person.
Ready to get SpOoKy with the Stars?— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 28, 2021
Get in the ~spirit~ and wear your best costume to tomorrow night's game for your chance at awesome prizes! pic.twitter.com/WfnfrYtOFq
Around The Leagues
- Speaking of teams that are paying the price for poor decisions, the Arizona Coyotes lost their seventh in a row – this time to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1. [Five For Howling]
- The Colorado Avalanche handed the St. Louis Blues their first loss of the season in a testy penalty fest with a 4-3 result. [Mile High Hockey]
- Cam Talbot took his own first loss of the season as the Minnesota Wild dropped one to the Seattle Kraken, 4-1. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And the not-yet-GM-less Winnipeg Jets stumbled their way to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Poor Jordan Binnington. It seems that not even impending marriage can save him from being ten pounds of dirt in a five-pound bag.
Jordan Binnington shot the puck at Darcy Kuemper then swung his stick at Nazem Kadri. pic.twitter.com/mL8LZhwooO— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 29, 2021
Nazem Kadri on what happened in the Jordan Binnington exchange: "I have no idea. I don't know why I got a 10 minute penalty there."— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) October 29, 2021
He said he stayed out of the scrum.
"We exchanged some words, I got a stick swung at my face. ... I'm getting misconducts for just talking now."
There may be a theme here, and Ken Campbell may have found it.
So Jordan Binnington, after generally acting like an idiot, swings his stick at an opponent's head and gets only a 10-minute misconduct, which is served by a teammate, allowing Binnington to stay in the game. The NHL continues its stunning run of integrity and great decisions.— Ken Campbell (@Ken_Campbell27) October 29, 2021
Statement from Joel Quenneville: pic.twitter.com/4FB4CZ2gyw— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 29, 2021
That was last night. Breaking the internet this morning...
Here is a copy of the letter Rocky Wirtz sent to the Hall of Fame.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) October 29, 2021
"Names have been engraved and then for years. Taking a stand on the unforgivable behavior of Aldrich should include erasing his name from the Cup." pic.twitter.com/cpTtvaUmun
As Kevin Cheveldayoff awaits his turn, here’s a reminder that Akim Aliu was targeted for racist abuse while playing for not one, but two teams Cheveldayoff supervised.
I think the short answer is that they get severance pay if they’re fired, but not if they resign – but Saad says what most of us are thinking.
why are people like stan bowman and joel quenneville given the opportunity to "resign" that's too much dignity for what should be "FIRED"— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) October 29, 2021
“That’s what kind of is crazy to me, that one man couldn’t stand up and say, ‘You know what, no way. We have to get this straightened out, right now.’”
John Tortorella was on ESPN's The Point to discuss what happened in Chicago. Here is part of what he had to say. pic.twitter.com/PUBYh1zweN— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) October 28, 2021
On a much more upbeat note, you’re not the only one who’s getting a kick out of watching Alex Ovechkin chase another scoring record.
Brett Hull has known for a while that it is only a matter of time before Alex Ovechkin passes him for fourth on the NHL goals list. "It's fun to watch ... you have to tip your hat to him. He's a great player." @TomGulittiNHL has the story:https://t.co/moSDpxRXrU— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) October 29, 2021
The trading card market is one sports-adjacent industry that got an unexpected boost from the pandemic. Sean Shapiro takes a look at Upper Deck’s new NHL contract.
Upper Deck continues to bet big on the NHL in rapidly changing card universe https://t.co/1Z80gYCXX2— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 28, 2021
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Stephen Meserve is not wrong, you know.
There's a pretty good chance that the @TexasStars are going to have a pretty good chance of winning every night, just because of Oettinger.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) October 29, 2021
The Back goal counted as official and the final is 4-1.#txstars pic.twitter.com/YzUj3qJ6rB
The three stars of the game may also be relevant to your interests.
3 Stars of the Game!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 29, 2021
⭐️⭐️⭐️Ben Gleason (TEX)
⭐️⭐️Andreas Borgman (TEX)
⭐️Riley Tufte (TEX)#TEXvsRFD
Hang in there, fans – it’s Friday. Enjoy.
Editor’s Note: Insensitive comments regarding the sexual assault Kyle Beach experienced will not be tolerated here. Please be kind when posting about this sensitive issue. You never know what someone may be going through today.