Dallas Stars Daily Links: On the Road For Good

The Stars will finish off the season with a daunting seven game road trip. Plus, how Tyler Seguin fits back into the lineup, the analytics NHL coaches have at their disposal, and more.

The Dallas Stars have seven games left in the regular season. All seven of those will be away games, making this the longest road trip of the season for Dallas and third longest in the NHL overall:

“We have to make the best of it,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “We know what’s coming. We know we’re going to spend a lot of time next week in our hotel rooms. There’s nothing we can do about that.”

While seven games is a long time, that wouldn’t be too bad in a regular season. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in place across the nation, players will mostly be stuck inside their hotel rooms unless they’re at the arenas playing:

“It’s been tough, to be honest,” Blake Comeau said. “I think every team is probably feeling it. You get to the hotel and you’re basically just stuck in the hotel until you play. There’s some long days, some long trips. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of adapting to it.”

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One thing that might help with the long road trip? Defensive depth:

With Tyler Seguin close to returning, Saad Yousuf explores the best way to incorporate him into the lineup:

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Around the League

The answer to the following question is obviously ‘yes’, but Sean Shapiro breaks down exactly why it’s ‘yes’:

Coaches really do have a lot of analytics at their disposal:

Jonathan Drouin has taken a step away from hockey due to personal reasons:

It’s awards season, with the NWHL already handing out their hardware:

Finally, here are some teams and players worth rooting for in the final weeks of the season (including the Stars):