Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars In Head-Down Mode Tonight Against The Penguins

The loss to the Avalanche means the team needs to keep grinding, writes Mike Heika. Plus, the white-knuckle wild-card race, suspension consistency, and more.

The Western Conference wild-card race is experiencing the “squeeze” end of the concertina effect, and the Dallas Stars inadvertently helped that along with Thursday’s loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

It’s one of those moments you just have to trudge through, writes Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika. For the players, staying positive will probably help:

“We played some good hockey, but you know, we just couldn’t score,” said defenseman Roman Polak, who played 19:07 and had four hits. “It’s been our problem the whole season: We don’t score as much as we would like to, but as a team, we did a great job. We created a lot of scoring chances and put a lot of pressure on their defense and I think we played a fast game.

”We didn’t get the results we want, but I think if we keep playing like that for the rest of the season, we can get more wins.”

The Stars have shown they can do it, says head coach Jim Montgomery:

“We are a more consistent and fundamentally sound team with and without the puck. That’s why you’re seeing us have more success on a more consistent level,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.

”Also, our players are a lot more comfortable within the game, how we’re playing whether we’re ahead or behind. We’re playing a good brand of hockey and we’re going to end up on the right side of the score sheet most of the time if we keep playing this way.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]

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And there’s more from Mike, as he checks in on über-rookie Miro Heiskanen.

First of all, Tyler Seguin. That’s it, pretty much.

Maybe another scoring leader will help. Justin Dowling joins the Stars for tonight’s game as a non-emergency recall.

What should fans expect tonight? The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks posted yesterday’s practice lines.

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