Dallas Stars Daily Links: The New “Super Line”
Last night’s line of Pavelski, Robertson, and Hintz made the most of their time on ice, pulling Dallas past the Lightning. Plus, highlights from the win, the NHL trade deadline approaches, and more.
Typically, Rick Bowness likes to spread out the offensive talent throughout his lineup. But last night, he opted to put the team’s three leading scorers — Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, and Jason Robertson — on the same line, with glowing results:
“If you watch them, Roope is skating well and Robo has found his game and found his confidence with the puck and they are smart players,” Pavelski said. “So it was just inserting myself and keeping up. We found some moments where we had the puck on some turnovers and made some plays.”
While Pavelski and Robertson have been healthy all season, Hintz has been in and out of the lineup. While all three players made their impact on the ice, Hintz’s presence was arguably the driving force behind their success:
“It just shows the value of having Roope in our lineup every night, the difference it makes and the games he hasn’t played, how much we’ve missed him,” Bowness said. “Chemistry of that line was very good but, again, the chemistry with Robo and Roope, they think the game the same and Robo’s really good at hanging on to the puck and letting Roope use his speed, and Pavs is smart enough to read off of the two of them and know where he’s supposed to be.”
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Mike Heika breaks down all you need to know from the Stars’ 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night:
Oettinger's incredible stick save, Hintz's late winner help Dallas climb out of early 2-0 hole to finally beat Lightning.@PNCBank | #GoStars https://t.co/8AG2KLsHFU— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 26, 2021
Here are the highlights from the win if you missed it, including Miro Heiskanen’s incredible goal and Jake Oettinger’s equally impressive save:
These highlights... *chef's kiss* 🤌 pic.twitter.com/6iiNiIEqv6— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 26, 2021
Speaking of Oettinger, he’s impressed coaches and fellow goalies alike with how quickly he’s adapted to the NHL level:
‘He’s a sponge’ — Stars’ Jake Oettinger learning on the fly during an unconventional rookie season https://t.co/M9X1cZKqWF— The Athletic Dallas (@TheAthleticDFW) March 25, 2021
Around the League
The rest of the Central Division also saw action last night:
- Because the Stars can’t have nice things, the Chicago Blackhawks won last night, blanking the Florida Panthers 3-0. [Second City Hockey]
- At least the Carolina Hurricanes were able to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it took a 4-3 win in overtime. [Canes Country]
- Finally, the Nashville Predators laid down the smack on the Detroit Red Wings, defeating them 7-1. [On the Forecheck]/
Speaking of one-sided games, Mika Zibanejad scored a natural hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers... again:
Mika Zibanejad became the third player in NHL history to record multiple games with 6+ points against the same opponent in a single season — and first to do so in nearly 80 years. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/ruS8VElhyA— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 26, 2021
DownGoesBrown answers some insightful, truly thought provoking questions in his latest mailbag, like, uhh, this one?
Is Jack Eichel overrated? Would you take a guaranteed Cup for your team this year if it meant they'd never win another? Plus a roster game, my thoughts on Tim Peel and more in the DGB Mailbag. https://t.co/k6hHGIE2OQ pic.twitter.com/tNiTVTjaH3— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) March 26, 2021
Props to the Seattle Thunderbirds for taking action against such a horrible incident:
Seattle Thunderbirds of WHL release 2 players the rest of this season for incident in which Black teammate was called a racist slur and had banana waved in front of him. Team says players won't return next year. https://t.co/JzGLofBgSM #WHL #CHL #hockey #racism #NHL— Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) March 25, 2021
For those worried that the trade deadline may be non-existent up in Canada, this offers a little bit more hope:
Looking like good news for NHL teams ahead of the April 12 trade deadline.. https://t.co/uqyQyWYwLw— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) March 25, 2021
Speaking of Canada, let’s check in on ex-Star Jack Campbell, who seems to be doing just fine with the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Even with the temporary hiccup, the response to it just reinforced the Maple Leafs' belief in Jack Campbell.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 26, 2021
Finally, fan-submitted trade proposals tend to be very bad, but what about those from NHL executives?
Win-win trades?— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 26, 2021
These executives have some ideas.
Here are 9 deadline deals that could benefit all parties involved@PierreVLeBrun | @ThomasDrancehttps://t.co/rDtMtyje7Y