Remember when people were worried Joe Pavelski would be a bust in Dallas?
The Dallas Stars forward scored a career-high five points in Wednesday’s win over the Seattle Kraken. Not only that, but he is now on an 87 point pace for the season, which would shatter his current career high of 79 points.
“It’s his ability to sniff out loose pucks, his ability to get out into the open,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “His anticipation of where that puck is going. Great poise around the net. Goal scorers know where to put the puck. You can put other guys in those situations and they’re not going to have the natural instinct in order to put the puck past the goalie.”
Of course, one player can only do so much. Stellar play from Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz that is helping Pavelski light up the scoreboard as a 37 year old:
“We’ve been on a good run,” Pavelski said. “We expect to produce every night. We expect to play hard. That’s been the biggest thing, haven’t had to say a whole lot. The compete has been there from all three of us and guys are making plays and feeding off each other.”
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pavelski was also named the Stars’ lone representative for the NHL All-Star game:
There’s still a chance for Robertson to make it, however:
Dallas takes on the Florida Panthers tonight to try and get another win streak started:
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A few Central Division teams played last night:
- The St. Louis Blues edged out the Seattle Kraken for a 2-1 victory. [Davy Jones Locker Room]
- Meanwhile the Nashville Predators got pummeled 4-1 by the... Buffalo Sabres? [Die by the Blade]
- It took overtime, but the Chicago Blackhawks took down the Montreal Canadiens 3-2. [Second City Hockey]
Come for the power rankings, stay for the player cards:
If you enjoyed the player cards @domluszczyszyn and @hayyyshayyy put together, you're going to love this week's power rankings.— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) January 14, 2022
To add some nuance to the rankings, @seangentille picks the most interesting player card for each team.
Team USA has revealed it’s roster for the Olympics:
Adam Proteau discusses the Stars’ cap situation heading into the deadline and more:
The Dallas Stars have some work to do, Toronto's defense is holding strong and Nazem Kadri's contract negations are about to get interesting. @Proteautype is back with another Screen Shots column: https://t.co/QvvnfEgWol pic.twitter.com/U107I0BB1X— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) January 13, 2022
Who doesn’t love discussing All-Star snubs?