Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars’ Latest Road Trip Has Shown Us Who They Are
So says Saad Yousuf, who has done the sums (and the summary). Plus, good news from all over the Stars org, hockey headlines from all over the world, and more.
The Dallas Stars are on their way home with seven out of 10 possible points from their last five away games. When even your head coach is defining road-trip success as a .500 split, that’s pretty remarkable.
But what does it mean for where this team is, and where (we hope) it’s going?
The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf offers a close examination of the Stars’ latest road stint, and why it could be the stretch that exemplifies their season. First, the challenges:
There are layers to defining the success of this trip for the Stars. Logistically, it was a tight squeeze. The Stars were coming out of a very comfortable stretch in their schedule. In the previous two weeks, Dallas had played just six games. Two of the games came following multiple days of rest and the last five games had all come at home. Suddenly, the Stars were staring at five games in eight days, all on the road, including a back-to-back to kick things off.
Then, there’s the gauntlet. The Stars were in a good place in the standings, second in the Central Division at 16-7-5, just behind the Winnipeg Jets before the trip. The Stars have been a good team from the outset but how good has been a fair question. Based on the standings on Dec. 11, the day they departed for the road trip, the Stars had four wins in 28 games against teams in the playoff picture; just two of those four wins were against teams that were in the top three of their division. They were 4-5-5 against teams in the playoff picture.
After all this, Yousuf found that the Victory Green Gang is not experiencing the effects of puck luck, or of one or two players on historic heaters. Rather, they’re reaping the benefits of a system that’s working for the team instead of against it:
The Stars weren’t obliterating the scoreboard, as they have done at times this season. There’s been enough of a sample size to show that this team can generate offense when necessary, but their offense in these five games was more about the system and less about catching lightning in a bottle. There was no player riding a hot streak and of the 13 goals scored, only three came on the power play....
Before the season began, [head coach Pete] DeBoer cautioned that his system would take time to really get flowing. He sometimes put the timeline at Thanksgiving, other times closer to Christmas. This five-game road trip fell right in the middle of those two benchmarks. In a young season that has produced plenty of positive results, the totality of the five-game trip through the East Coast has been the most encouraging.
There’s much more behind the paywall, including a reflection on the advent of Jake Oettinger. [The Athletic DFW]
I don’t make the Eddie the Eagle comparisons, I only report them.
Ed Belfour is the only goaltender to lead the @DallasStars to a Stanley Cup, so Jake Oettinger is hanging around pretty impressive company through 100 career games.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 20, 2022
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Around The Leagues
In On The #Kill Taker
- The Nashville Predators took the lead early and fended off the Edmonton Oilers’ multiple comebacks to take a 4-3 victory in overtime. [Copper And Blue]
- Alexandar Georgiev won the goalie duel as the Colorado Avalanche squeaked out a shootout shutout over the New York Islanders, 1-0. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Arizona Coyotes rallied, and rallied again, but they couldn’t stick the landing in a 3-2 OT loss to the Montreal Canadiens. [Five For Howling]
- And Jordan Kyrou’s first NHL hat trick propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks. [NHL]/
In case you missed the pregame festivities, the Jackets celebrated the second night of Hanukkah hockey-style. [NHL]
🙌 RABBI AREYAH HAS GOT US HYPED 🙌— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 20, 2022
A special thank you to Rabbi Areyah Kaltman for celebrating with us on the second night of Hanukkah! pic.twitter.com/ndiuXaz46S
Usually a team does this after the Stanley Cup parade. What do you make of it?
The rumor mill suggests the St. Louis Blues could listen to offers for Ryan O'Reilly, writes @SpectorsHockey: https://t.co/yICIOCIEpx— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) December 20, 2022
In other news, the U.S. National Men’s U17 Team scores another big win in another international tournament.
Rockin' the international stage 🎸🤘 pic.twitter.com/B7gqWVnyAp— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) December 20, 2022
“Our focus is on making the sport safer and more inclusive and rebuilding [the] trust.” Hockey Canada’s new board has work to do, but they look ready for it.
Hockey Canada has a new board of directors— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) December 17, 2022
Retired judge Hugh L. Fraser is Hockey Canada's new chair as former women's national team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall is also now on the board
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Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park, And Beautiful Boise
The Texas Stars are on a hot streak and celebrating the holidays at home. Guess what? You can help.
Don't forget that we're hosting a Holiday Toy Drive at our games tomorrow and Wednesday! Any new, unwrapped toys are accepted at the Foundation table & you'll get a discounted ticket to a future game! It's a win-win! 🎅 https://t.co/9McfKKQIvG— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) December 19, 2022
Stephen Meserve documents the T-Stars’ latest victory and helps put their streak in perspective. [100 Degree Hockey]
Additional good stats from @JohnPetersonVOX:— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) December 18, 2022
"The victory signals Texas’ longest winning streak since they won 11 straight from March 15-April 12 during the 2013-14 season."#txstars won the Calder Cup that season.
There’s quite a bit of good news coming from the Stars organization right now, as the Idaho Steelheads are happy to remind you.
✅ Best record in the @ECHL— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) December 19, 2022
✅ Number 1 in goals for, goals against, and power-play.
Everything you need to know about the #Steelheads currently on a six game winning streak heading into a pair of games vs. @UtahGrizzlies this week in Boise!
Speaking of the Steel, it looks as if Boise will be very, very good for Antonio Stranges (and that he will be even better for Boise).
🗣️"It's kind of exciting... I was happy to bury a couple tonight and help the team win."— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) December 19, 2022
Antonio Stranges talks about netting his first and second pro goals, as well as acclimating to the locker room and spending his first week in front of the Boise crowd. pic.twitter.com/lShcMtU6yZ
Happy birthday, big league. You don’t look a day over 25.
105 years ago today, the first-ever NHL games were played 🏒— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 19, 2022
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