Dallas Stars Daily Links: Takeaways From The Stars-Avalanche Miniseries
What can we learn when these divisional rivals meet twice in one week? Plus, the quarter-season postseason awards, Stars prospects keep on being awesome, and more.
The Dallas Stars will have to go through the Colorado Avalanche to hang onto their No. 1 ranking in the Central Division. That much seems apparent, and it will only become more pressing as what may be the most injured roster in the #MDK begins to return to full health.
So what can we learn from the past week’s Stars-Avs miniseries? Plenty as it turns out. Beat writers Saad Yousuf and Peter Baugh got together to discuss it for their new piece in The Athletic:
Baugh: Dallas always feels like a tough matchup for Colorado, and that’s more so the case with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin having resurgent seasons. Benn didn’t have his best night Saturday, coughing up a turnover that led to Nathan MacKinnon’s power-play goal in the first, but he’s averaging more than a point per game this season. He caused some havoc in front of the net that contributed to Dallas’ lone goal. If he and Seguin continue to play the way they’ve started the season, the Stars forward group looks a lot scarier, in large part because of Jason Robertson. He’s established himself as a star and was the main reason Dallas got a point Monday....
Yousuf: The Avalanche are built like a tank. Nazem Kadri, Jack Johnson, André Burakovsky and Darcy Kuemper are among those who aren’t even in the organization from that Cup-winning team a few months ago. The captain, [Gabriel] Landeskog, hasn’t played yet this season, and [Valeri] Nichushkin, a legitimate Selke talent, has been on the shelf for a while, as has Bowen Byram. If that wasn’t enough, [Evan] Rodrigues, who had an assist Monday against the Stars, joined the injury list this week and is out. All of that, and the Avalanche are 12-6-1, tied with the Winnipeg Jets for the best points percentage in the division.
But on to the important stuff – who has the sweetest reverse-retro?
Baugh: Initially, I was so-so on Colorado’s white reverse retro jerseys, but they looked much better in person. The tri-colored socks brought everything together, and the navy pants were a good choice to make the white sweaters pop. The Avalanche had an impossible task of trying to top the Nordiques throwbacks from two seasons ago, but these are a valiant effort. I give them a B+ after seeing them in person....
Yousuf: Because the Avalanche’s reverse retros are white, the Stars wore their road whites at home earlier this week and wore their home green threads in Colorado on Saturday. In between, they broke out their reverse retros Friday night at home against the Jets. The uniforms looked really nice and had the colors mixed in an appealing way instead of making the players look like stormtroopers, as they did in 2021. The Stars also did a great job with the presentation Friday night, changing the big screen to look like old Reunion Arena and playing exclusively ’90s jams throughout the game.
There’s much more behind the paywall, including some respect for Robo’s game when he’s not scoring. [The Athletic]
The “Jake Oettinger for Vezina” campaign is off to a pretty hot start.
Vezina Trophy Tracker: https://t.co/lf7CgbHFsN staff votes for top NHL goalie in first quarter of season.https://t.co/EkTRnE9mB1— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) November 27, 2022
Nothing but McJesus here, but if you go all the way to the end, you’ll find some quiet Hart Trophy love for JRob, tied for third in early voting with – wait for it! – Nathan MacKinnon.
Connor McDavid and David Pastrnak are among the favorites at the quarter point of the season to win the Hart Trophy given to the NHL most valuable player https://t.co/4wlq9APpOi— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) November 28, 2022
And I swear this will be the last link for NHL.com, but you need to know that Wyatt Johnston is getting the good kind of attention.
Calen Addison and Wyatt Johnston are among rookies to watch in Central Division https://t.co/wInAnZSErc— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) November 28, 2022
Around The Leagues
In On The #Kill Taker
- Nothing but Central-on-Central violence for Sunday, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3... [Hockey Wilderness]
- ...and the Winnipeg Jets strafed the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-2. [Second City Hockey]/
Is Jakob Chychrun still available? He seems to have recovered well from off-season wrist surgery, and contenders are sniffing around.
You’ll never guess who is popping up in trade rumours again: https://t.co/TXAeXXFxGZ— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 28, 2022
The 2022 Para Hockey Cup has just begun, and already new records are being set.
Canada's 48 shots on goal set a new Para Hockey Cup record for most shots in a game by one team, including 20 in the first period https://t.co/40ksIjT4kx— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 28, 2022
Also from the CBC: Hockey fans aren’t happy about the rise in sports-book content in their streams – but the money means it’s probably here to stay yeah, leave it at that.
Sharp rise in betting-related content in hockey media, as sports books compete for businesshttps://t.co/za20n3vlt2— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) November 27, 2022
Meanwhile, Stars prospect Francesco Arcuri is setting some fires in the OHL.
Goals in FIVE straight games☑️— Kingston Frontenacs (@KingstonFronts) November 28, 2022
FOUR straight two goal games☑️
Season high EIGHT shots on goal yesterday☑️
22 in 24 for Frenchie, he's on a bit of a HEATER 🔥🔥@FArcuri13 | @DallasStars | @OHLHockey pic.twitter.com/8RH4qNDUcy
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The Texas Stars, currently at second in the AHL Central Division, beat the reigning Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves in back-to-back contests at Allstate Arena.
Texas Stars Dominate Wolves, Taking 6-1 and 5-1 Weekend Victories in Rosemont https://t.co/OA17tLZymQ #txstars pic.twitter.com/O3JBXRqYbJ— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) November 28, 2022
Pictures or it didn’t happen...? OK.
Studenic scores twice ✅— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 27, 2022
Back sauces two assists for the second night in a row ✅
Petrovic scores his 5th of the season; tying his career high ✅
Stars complete the sweep of the Wolves ✅
Check out the highlights presented by @texasorthopedic 👇 pic.twitter.com/UuHihKJBs8
Ringo may be as salty as his popcorn, but his heart is in the right place. Enjoy.
The most important fight happens off the ice. Thank you to all who joined our #HockeyFightsCancer weekend 💜 pic.twitter.com/P839RMGKKZ— Ringo the Ringtail (@TXStarsRingo) November 21, 2022