Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Closer Look At Tyler Seguin’s Scoring Problem

Puck luck, lack of chances, or something worse? Matthew DeFranks examines the case. Plus, Vegas buys the Rampage, injury updates galore, and more.

The Dallas Stars don’t score much in their current system, but Tyler Seguin is a special case. The superstar sniper hasn’t scored since last year – December 28, to be exact – and hasn’t had this rough a season since his rookie year.

So what’s up with his scoring problem? We’re not used to seeing this part of Seguin’s game suffer, especially when he’s playing well in general. But it isn’t for lack of shot attempts and scoring chances, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks, who did some math as part of his latest mail bag:

Most of [Seguin’s] underlying offensive figures are in line with his averages since arriving in Dallas. Except for shooting percentage. This year, the puck just isn’t going in, and that’s unusual for a typically sharp shooter like Seguin. The quantity of shots are about the same as before in his career, and the quality of chances are about in line as well.

DeFranks has done the sums, and he figures that the most likely resolution to Segs’ goal drought is that, well, he starts getting them again:

When the volume and the quality are about the same ... he’s bound to start scoring again. It may not result in the numbers Seguin is used to just based on the fact that there are only 29 games remaining in the regular season, but a rebound in the last two months of the season is to be expected from the team’s highest-paid player.

Stretches like these happen. They just haven’t so far in Seguin’s career.

There’s much more behind the paywall – including some thoughts on next year’s roster, on who will become the Stars’ next head coach, and more. [SportsDayDFW]

Stars Stuff

Mike Heika talked to Blake Comeau about joining the “A” team.

The Stars played the “Three People You’d Invite To Dinner” game. Hilarity ensued.

The Stars are trying to pinpoint the photo for January, and you – yeah, you – can help.

Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

  • The Colorado Avalanche made short work of the struggling Ottawa Senators with a 4-1 road victory. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Winnipeg Jets snapped the St. Louis Blues’ 11-game home point streak with a 4-2 regulation win. [NHL]
  • Zach Parise scored his 20th goal of the season as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • And Roman Josi earned his 400th career point as the Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 in the Saddledome. [On The Forecheck]/

Former Star Jack Campbell has arrived in Toronto, and he’s pretty happy about it.

Does this mean more netminders are about to change address? Steven Ellis takes a look at the names who could feature in TDL transactions.

Greg Wyshynski has found a good way to liven up the boring old NHL power rankings. Guess which Stars nickname made the cut.

Vladimir Tarasenko made a surprise appearance at the Blues’ morning skate yesterday.

Meanwhile, Brent Seabrook is out for the season, just as the Chicago Blackhawks are turning theirs around.

And the Flames have “dodged a bullet” – Mark Giordano’s hamstring injury will not require surgery.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

If you’re reading this, you may be just in time to watch the Texas Stars take on the Milwaukee Admirals in UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Nice for Vegas, not so much for the T-Stars, or their fans.

Sean Shapiro covered the T-Stars for years, and he has memories.


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