Dallas Stars Daily Links: No Moral Victories

Another strong game from Jake Oettinger earned Dallas another point, but what they need are wins. Plus, more from last night’s loss, a 2021 NHL Entry Draft preview, and more.

Jake Oetting played great again. The Dallas Stars have picked up a point in each of their past two games. But at the end of the day, the team still lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. Again.

“I saw a lot of good things tonight, but there are no moral victories and we’re out of a playoff spot,” said Stars coach Rick Bowness. “We’ve got to keep fighting and pushing until we get back in that spot.”

When it comes to shortened seasons, each game always counts a little more. But with this year’s division-only format, wins are even more important. As Andrew Cogliano put it:

”I know it’s cliché, but you see the teams that win every night in our division and you have to find a way to get points. They (Chicago) played two good games, I thought they played really well, but we need to look at some good things and (also) figure out what we did negatively in the third period.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

Here’s what Bowness had to say about the loss:

Saad Yousuf gives his breakdown of the game in his latest recap:

The only person on the planet likely blaming Jake Oettinger for the loses to Chicago is Oettinger himself:

Around the League

A couple of other Central Division games were played last night:

  • The Florida Panthers notched a 2-1 win of their own, edging out the Detroit Red Wings. [Litterbox Cats]
  • Not so close in the other game, as the Tampa Bay Lightning throttled the Nashville Predators 6-1. [On the Forecheck]/

If you’re confused about the wrongly awarded goal by the Carolina Hurricanes the other night, you’re not alone:

In other Columbus Blue Jackets news, Mikko Koivu shocked the hockey world yesterday by suddenly announcing his retirement:

The Pittsburgh Penguins similarly turned heads by announcing Ron Hextall as their new General Manager and Brian Burke as the President of Hockey Operations:

Finally, it’s never too early for scouting the NHL Draft: