Dallas Stars Daily Links: Talking About Practice

Not a game. We’re talking about practice. Plus, Perry plays his first game against Anaheim tonight, how the NHL has changed over the years, and more.

The Dallas Stars practiced yesterday. Usually that wouldn’t be a big deal, except that this is just the team’s second practice all season. The Stars have had a rather condensed schedule to start the year, and thus most of their drill work has been done in morning skates.

“We’ve had stretches like this at the end of the season, but that’s different and you aren’t getting used to things,” Taylor Fedun added. “This stretch like this at the start of the season, it’s tough. You don’t get to touch the puck nearly enough when you don’t practice.”

A lack of time carrying the puck was a common complaint among the Stars’ players. And it’s hard not to blame them — head coach Jim Montgomery said most players will touch the puck for less than 30 seconds in an average game.

“I think it’s good for guys and good for myself, really,” Andrew Cogliano said. “I think I usually play better with more practice. I think it helps you feel the puck a little bit better, and you’re actually out there on the ice. Sometimes in games, you get so locked in to playing that you forget to feel the game sometimes.”

You can read more, including some interesting Jamie Oleksiak quotes, in Sean Shapiro’s story here.

Stars Stories

While we’re on the subject:

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It’s Perry Palooza — here’s a breakdown of how well Perry looks alongside Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz:

Around the League

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Elliotte Friedman briefly touches upon Dallas among many other topics in his latest 31 Thoughts:

Hockey sure has changed over the past few decades — Down Goes Brown takes a trip down memory lane via old YouTube clips:

Marc-Andre Fleury is like a fine wine — he just gets better with age:

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