When will the Stars play again? It won’t be until 2022, but no one knows for certain, which understandably irks the team:
“It’s the unknown right now that is very, very frustrating for all of us,” [head coach Rick] Bowness said. “It’s something we have to deal with, clearly. It’s something that’s completely out of our control of when we do play. All we’re going to keep the focus on is controlling what’s in front of us, and that’s making sure the players that we have stay as sharp as best they can.”
If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that the Stars aren’t being hit as hard as the last time they struggled with COVID-19, back at the start of the 2020-21 season. At least, as far as symptoms are concerned:
“The players, from talking to them, none of them have really bad symptoms like we had last year,” Bowness said. “Are they testing positive? Yes. Are they as sick as they were last year? No, they’re not, which will help their recovery when we get them back on the ice.”
You can read more from Matthew DeFranks here.
Saad Yousuf takes a look at the big picture:
It’s not many, but some Stars players are at least able to continue practicing:
Around the League
No Central Division games last night (due to postponements), but let’s recap the rest of the action anyways:
- It required overtime, but the Tampa Bay Lightning edged out the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. [NHL]
- Things were more lopsided in California, as the Vegas Golden Knights won 6-3 against the Los Angeles Kings. [Knights on Ice]
- Finally, no you are not misreading this score: the San Jose Sharks beat the Arizona Coyotes 8-7 in the shootout. [Five For Howling]
BREAKING:@usahockey has forfeited their game against @SwissIceHockey due to a a mandated team quarantine following a positive test result of two of its players.— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) December 28, 2021
More at https://t.co/dDceNHvTed#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/0WkEUif0m3
The games that actually have been played, however, have been crazy. For example, Connor Bedard had a “Joe Thornton” hat trick against Austria:
Connor Bedard just showed how dominant he can be at 16 years old.— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 29, 2021
It's nothing surprising: he's been compared to some of hockey's greatest players for a few years now.
And he's only just getting started.
My piece:https://t.co/5U56puSJKQ pic.twitter.com/LhpzOBmfY7
The Chicago Blackhawks lawsuits appear to be over... for now:
The two lawsuits filed against the Blackhawks connected to Brad Aldrich’s alleged sexual assault of Kyle Beach are seemingly over.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) December 29, 2021
What's next for the organization? @ByScottPowers has the latest ⤵️https://t.co/ft7ZvPG0fS
Dallas vs. the Nashville Predators cracks the Top 5 in Greg Wyshynski’s top Winter Classics:
Ranking all 12 NHL Winter Classics based on venue, hype, style and the game itself, ahead of the next edition featuring the @StLouisBlues vs. @mnwild on Jan. 1. Let the debate begin! https://t.co/twh0AlEMbY— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 29, 2021