Dallas Stars Daily Links: Opinions on the Shootout
Do Stars players like the shootout, or would they rather see extended overtime? Plus, a scary moment in the game in Anaheim, NHL trade deadline targets, and more.
I could be wrong, but I would guess that the majority of NHL fans don’t like the shootout. Most would prefer continued overtime until someone scores like in the playoffs, though maybe still at 3-on-3 for the regular season.
But what about the players themselves? Some Dallas Stars players, like Tyler Seguin, side with the fans on this one, preferring the fast paced 3-on-3 to the “coin flip” at the end of the game:
“I’d be down with 3-on-3 until someone scores. It’s fun, it’s exciting. Sometimes shootouts kind of ruin games. I’d like 3-on-3 because it’s more entertaining.”
Others like the shootout because it sets a limit on how late a game can go, which helps prevent players from getting exhausted. Plus as Roman Polak points out, it’s nice to get home at a reasonable time:
“I have a wife and kids. If we have 3-on-3 until a score, we could play forever … I can sit on the bench for five minutes or 10 minutes, I don’t care. Maybe ask my wife who is pissed when I come home late.”
You can hear what other Stars players think in Saad Yousuf’s piece here.
The Stars gave out free hats at last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, so naturally Jamie Benn scored a hat trick:
February 12, 2020
Here’s what Benn had to say about his big night:
"We played our game and took it to them." - Jamie Benn#CARvsDAL | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/wQWZmtnuAY— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 12, 2020
Remember when Rick Bowness said that all eight defensemen would get playing time? About that...
NEWS: Defenseman Taylor Fedun has been loaned to the @TexasStars on a conditioning assignment.#GoStars https://t.co/XTmqxNNfjF— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 11, 2020
It was a busy Wednesday night for every Central team except the Nashville Predators, who apparently missed the memo:
- The Minnesota Wild improved their Wild Card chances with a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets fell out of a spot by losing 4-1 to the New York Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Like the Wild, the Colorado Avalanche got a shutout of their own, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-0. [Mile High Hockey]
- The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t so lucky, falling 5-3 to the Edmonton Oilers. [Copper and Blue]/
As for the St. Louis Blues game against the Anaheim Ducks, the game was postponed after Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period:
Tonight's game between the @StLouisBlues and @AnaheimDucks has been postponed by the NHL due to a medical emergency that occurred at 12:10 of the first period involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. A decision on when the game will be played will be made in the near future.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 12, 2020
Thankfully, paramedics were quick to reach Bouwmeester, who was alert and responsive as he was safely transported to a hospital for further treatment and testing:
Tonight, the hockey world applauds the heroic, skilled and immediate response of trainers, doctors and paramedics on scene at every pro game.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 12, 2020
Because of them, Jiri Fischer, Rich Peverley, Craig Cunningham and now Jay Bouwmeester get to go home and see their families again. 👏❤️
Everyone at Defending Big D sends their love to the Bouwmeester family and the St. Louis Blues community.
Are the Minnesota Wild finally starting to rebuild? The Jason Zucker trade might be the first of many:
The Zucker trade could be a sign that the Wild recognize it's finally time to start the rebuilding process. That's exactly what they need.@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/a5AtPa2LFL— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 12, 2020
This piece is Blackhawks-centric, but it’s very relevant to Dallas fans given Tyler Seguin’s current scoring slump:
"When am I going to score again?"@MarkLazerus on how NHLers deal with a crisis of confidence.https://t.co/24J8HTCa62— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) February 11, 2020
Unlike Tim Thomas, Jack Campbell actually got a new set of pads and a mask fairly quickly after being traded:
How did Jack Campbell get his Leafs gear so fast? @RobsonDan goes inside the mad dash to get goalies suited after a trade.https://t.co/cDGP8OU96c— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) February 12, 2020
Bad news for the Oilers, who will be without Connor McDavid for a couple weeks as they fight for a playoff spot:
"He's two to three weeks. That's a normal timeline for this injury. We're hoping less... It's not long-term. We'll double-back a week from now." #Oilers GM & President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland on Connor McDavid's quad injury sustained Saturday vs. Nashville— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 11, 2020
Then again, Leon Draisaitl scored four points in last night’s win, so maybe they’ll be fine?
Connor McDavid's injury puts the Oilers' post-season hopes in peril, but Edmonton has been preparing Leon Draisaitl for just this scenario.@THNJaredClinton with more:https://t.co/5Y2B3QaBGN— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) February 12, 2020
Either way, at least McDavid should be back within a month. Seth Jones will be out for likely the rest of the regular season:
Today #CBJ defenseman Seth Jones underwent successful surgery for a fractured ankle and is expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks.— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 11, 2020
Full Details ⤵️ https://t.co/Se2F7X5MN6
Finally, which players should you keep an eye on this deadline? Greg Wyshynski breaks it down:
Get ready for what could be a wild NHL trade deadline. Maybe. https://t.co/6sJNSGAaPg— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 11, 2020