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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Turnaround

Dallas has been on fire lately, winning their past six of seven games. Plus, a major shakeup in Montreal, a biting incident, and more.

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The Dallas Stars are currently riding a four-game winning streak, and have won six of their past seven. Their turnaround is fueled by many different factors, starting with the re-emergence of Roope Hintz and the top line:

[Hintz] has seven goals in the last eight games, and only three players have more goals than Hintz since Nov. 10: Leon Draisaitl, Alex Ovechkin and Matt Duchene. Hintz now leads the Stars in goals despite scoring zero in the first three-plus weeks.

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According to MoneyPuck’s expected-goals model, Robertson-Hintz-Pavelski ranks seventh in expected-goals share among lines with at least 100 5-on-5 minutes together. Dallas has outscored opponents 7-4 at 5-on-5 with the line on the ice.

Dallas has also gotten improved special teams play, especially from the penalty kill:

The Stars own the league’s second-best power play, scoring 13.81 goals per 60 minutes on the power play, which trails only Edmonton... The penalty kill has recently started a turnaround, having killed 16 of the last 17 power-play chances. Dallas’ penalty kill has actually outscored opponents in the last five games thanks to Hintz’s two shorthanded goals against St. Louis on Nov. 20.

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Of course, improved play means nothing if they can’t keep it up going forward:

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Around the League

The Central giveth, the Central taketh away:

Long story short: Marc Bergevin out, Jeff Gorton in as the Montreal Canadiens clean house.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Canadiens’ front office eventually shakes out:

The Pittsburgh Penguins sale is now officially on the governors’ “to do list”:

Can’t make this stuff up:

Brady Tkachuk didn’t mince words when speaking with reporters:

Jonathan Quick later fired back:

Finally, here are some NHL milestones to keep an eye on this season: