Dallas Stars Daily Links: Inconsistency

The Stars have had trouble playing the full 60 minutes so far this season. Plus, interviews from last night’s loss, international hockey comes to Texas, and more.

With last night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Dallas Stars are now on a four game losing streak. There’s many reasons the Stars have been struggling, but a big portion is due to their lack of strong starts, which has been a problem plaguing the team for years:

“I think we just need to start on time,” defenseman Mark Pysyk said. “I think our first periods haven’t been where we’ve been wanting them to be. The level of consistency needs to come up.”

“Consistency” has for sure been an issue for Dallas. They began the season 4-0-0, riding a lethal power play along the way, but have since gone 1-3-3 in their last seven. Perhaps the worst part is that nearly all of those losses were within reach, but like last night, the Stars couldn’t make it happen:

“The opportunities to get that early lead were there, but we didn’t capitalize,” coach Rick Bowness said.

You can read more from Saad Yousuf here.

Stars Stories

Here’s what else Bowness had to say about the loss:

And more from Pysyk, who at least got to score his first goal in Victory Green:

It’s okay to worry about the Stars, but the team itself is taking a deep breath:

Around the League

For the first time all season, I have Links after a busy night in the Central, with all teams having played:

  • The Florida Panthers might be the real deal, as they spanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. [Litterbox Cats]
  • Meanwhile the Columbus Blue Jackets had a shootout (no, not the overtime kind) with the Chicago Blackhawks, edging out a 6-5 victory. [The Cannon]
  • Finally, a win is a win, as the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in unremarkable fashion. [On the Forecheck]/

Sean Shapiro talks outdoor hockey, television deals, and more:

The NHL has updated their COVID-19 policies. Again:

Speaking of the pandemic, many players have to go to great lengths to continue playing hockey:

Here’s a friendly reminder about how awesome kids can be:

Finally, some good news for hockey in Texas: