But being by far the worst in the league in OT and the shootout is a distinction they have to deal with on different terms. Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika took a look at the deciding factors in last night’s latest disappointment, and he brought some unfortunate statistics with him:
[The Stars] now have 12 losses past regulation — three more than the next closest NHL team. If they were playing a regular 82-game season, they would be on pace to break the league record for overtime and shootout losses....
“It’s just kind of snowballed on us,” Stars forward Joe Pavelski said of the ugly trend of falling in these games. “We have lost a few in overtime and we haven’t been good in the shootouts. We have to find the formula.”
Head coach Rick Bowness swears the Stars are not discouraged by it – but he also seems to recognize that the whole problem can be avoided if the team can just win in three periods:
“We gave ourselves every opportunity to win that game tonight with the Grade-A’s, and they didn’t go in,” Bowness said. “I know that’s the same old song, but it’s the truth, it’s the reality. You saw it tonight with the chances we had.
“That game should’ve been over in regulation, but it wasn’t. Is it disappointing at the end of the game when you lose in overtime on a power-play goal? Yeah.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Matthew DeFranks always has relevant numbers at hand. And he, too, saw bad luck at play in last night’s loss. [SportsDayDFW]
The league record for overtime losses is 18. In a 56-game season, that would be 12.3 overtime losses.— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) April 12, 2021
So, yes, the Stars are close to setting a (*prorated*) record.
Here’s Saad Yousuf saying the quiet part out loud.
Making sense of what the Stars’ silent trade deadline means for the present and future— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) April 14, 2021
+ game observations from 3-2 OT loss to Florida.
If the Stars can’t get at least nine of the upcoming 12 possible points, the fat lady’s vocal cords will be itching.https://t.co/KXsMWt7vOA
At least new blueliner Sami Vatanen got off to a good start. That can’t hurt, right?
Rick Bowness on Sami Vatanen: "I really liked his game for the first game coming in and arriving last night. Give the kid credit. He played a very strong game for us.”@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/LgO5uekyYn— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 14, 2021
Around The Leagues
- The Nashville Predators, warming up for the stretch as it were, hung a 7-2 ice-whooping on the Tampa Bay Lightning. [On The Forecheck]
Former Star Jordie Benn is suiting up for the Winnipeg Jets, which gives the old “Bennie and the Jets” meme a ripe new meaning. (Here’s more fun: Jordie will wear number 40.)
Some pre-morning skate reading.— Mitchell Clinton (@MitchellClinton) April 14, 2021
Jordie Benn had a feeling he’d be on the move, and a text from an old friend - and now teammate - all but confirmed it.https://t.co/6o7els8Xud
The Colorado Avalanche has canceled practice due to COVID precautions.
The Seattle Kraken were trade deadline players even though they don’t have a head coach, or a roster, and are only a “team” in a broad technical sense at the moment.
The Kraken had an impact on the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday even though the Seattle expansion team couldn’t make a trade and won’t debut until next season, @cotsonika writes.https://t.co/MW4E0kjD4t— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 14, 2021
“Mighty Ducks” nostalgia is everywhere, again, as usual.
Mighty Ducks creator, Steve Brill joins @darenmillard on this week’s episode of The Chirp. Brill chats landing on the name 'Mighty Ducks', upcoming NHL player cameos in the new @disneyplus series, and more.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 14, 2021
Full podcast episode: https://t.co/8SKJLpk09N pic.twitter.com/OvDny5NvJG
Playing 1,000 NHL games is a big deal for anybody, and it made Milan Lucic feel like partying, with his fists.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Netminder Adam Scheel has practically just arrived, but he’s already making a name for himself.
After winning his 3rd straight NCHC Goalie of the Month award, this guy stopped 30 shots and grabbed his 1st pro win in San Jose tonight— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) April 14, 2021
Congrats on the W Adam. pic.twitter.com/UQK189KQBS
Ah, the NHL trade deadline: First it giveth, then it taketh away. Enjoy.