Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Face Playoffs Preview Against Bruins, Blues
This two-game stretch could prove whether they’re ready to contend, writes Matthew DeFranks. Plus, the dogs-and-hockey event you want, the playoffs-race updates you need, and more.
After battling back from a dire start, the Dallas Stars are hanging out near the top of the Central Division. And now they’re wrapping up their busiest month with a true test of their potential playoffs prowess: They face the league-leading Boston Bruins tonight and perennial #MurderDeathKill foes the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Interim head coach Rick Bowness says the next two games will be a “measuring stick” for a team that will be tested in several ways:
“We’ll get a good feel of where we are,” Bowness said. “This has been a tough month, we know that. It’s been a grind because of all the travel and everything. It’s been a great opportunity for all of us to see where we are as a team, and these two games are going to give us another evaluation of just where we are.”
Boston and St. Louis were the league’s Stanley Cup finalists a year ago, the last two teams standing during a Game 7 at Boston’s TD Garden. They were also the first two teams the Stars faced this season, a one-two punch that pushed the Stars toward their worst start in franchise history.
The Stars have come a long way since Red October, but they can’t let off the pedal with the playoffs in sight, and no one seems to know that better than IHC:
“This is just a normal National Hockey League season, man,” Bowness said. “Expect the unexpected. Every day is a new day and new challenges. So we’re not the same team we were in October. As the season goes along, you’re supposed to improve, you’re supposed to get better. We’ve done that. There’s always challenges, there’s always ups and downs, there’s always bad games, bad streaks, good streaks, good games. There’s all of that.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Jason Dickinson is coming into his own at a great time for the franchise.
Trust earned, Dickinson proving to be 'unsung hero' for Stars https://t.co/UB0yQgpzRi via @NHLdotcom— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) February 26, 2020
And, you know, there’s this, too.
Since October 19 - after starting the season 1-7-1 - the @DallasStars are 36-13-5, with a 17-5-4 record on the road. Both are the best in the NHL over that time.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) February 26, 2020
Pets + hockey = a great Stars weekend no matter what happens.
Join the Stars for a @PetSmart adoption event this Sunday! 🐶— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 27, 2020
Find a new furry friend to take home while hanging out with Stars alumni, @VictorEGreen and @StarsIceGirls. Fans in attendance also have the chance to win prizes! @DS_Foundation | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/o8oz1sHqYg
Around The League(s)
- Special teams made the difference as the Colorado Avalanche outlasted the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2. [Die By The Blade]/
There’s a good Jay Bouwmeester update, but still a lot of uncertainty ahead for the Blues blueliner.
Blues' Bouwmeester feeling 'pretty good', but he won't play again this season@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/V5ny5SB654— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 27, 2020
The Toronto Maple Leafs will enter a crucial part of the stretch run with a depleted defensive core. Can they get the X anyway?
With injuries to Morgan Rielly, Cody Cedi and now Jake Muzzin, the Maple Leafs will have to rely on a mostly inexperienced group on defense. Our @Zeisberger has more: https://t.co/fhSEaPHlZL— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) February 27, 2020
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ own injury issues will mean another hard push for a playoffs spot.
Columbus has been marred with injuries from the get-go—and to key players, too. The team is still in the postseason hunt, but it's only going to get harder from here https://t.co/eTCQcKPO8P— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) February 27, 2020
This guy helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks back to glory – and it sounds like he thinks the Florida Panthers are ready for a run at it, too.
Joel Quenneville sees a lot of similarities between his new team and the old one https://t.co/c7rJZlrT83— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) February 26, 2020
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars earned a point but dropped the game in overtime last night against the Rockford IceHogs.
The #txstars special teams helped give them a point tonight and now reset for another game against the IceHogs on Friday #RFDvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/1fzXIWt5im— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) February 27, 2020
Tyler Seguin and his epic sleeves, at your service. Enjoy.
.@Tseguinofficial takes us on a tour of his tattoos for #GQTattooTour pic.twitter.com/vAm1t2q0tk— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) February 26, 2020