Dallas Stars Daily Links: Room for Improvement

The Stars have been scoring a bit more lately, but there’s still room to grow. Plus, trade talk, trade talk, and more trade talk.

The Dallas Stars aren’t exactly a high scoring team — they currently rank last among all current playoff teams in goals scored. But the team has seen a recent uptick in their offense, and there’s confidence that they’ll continue to improve:

“We’re working on it,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said with a bit of chuckle. “It’s been the debate all season, and I do think we’re doing some things better... Brad Richards always said that the numbers will even out over an 82-game season, and that’s probably true.”

Of course, the Stars don’t want to sacrifice their excellent defensive play in the name of scoring a few more goals. In fact, interim head coach Rick Bowness believes a better defense creates a better offense:

“I think if you’re looking for analytics and performance, the Carolina game is what we’re looking for. We played great team defense, and that allowed us to create double the scoring chances that they created. That’s what we want to do.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

Did you miss the Stars’ win over the Arizona Coyotes last night? Perhaps you weren’t feeling well and passed out, resulting in an article being late the next morning? I got you covered:

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

Here’s fan-favorite Corey Perry on his two point night:

And lastly here’s Ben Bishop on his solid performance:

Here’s what General Manager Jim Nill has to say about the Stars’ approach to this upcoming deadline:

Speaking trades, Sean Shapiro is the one “who says no” to several trade proposals:

It was a relatively light Tuesday night in hockey, but not for the Central Division:

  • The Chicago Blackhawks were routed by the New York Rangers in a 6-3 loss which saw seven(!) goals scored in the third period. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche currently lead the West in terms of points-per-game after last night’s 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Finally, the Minnesota Wild haven’t completely given up yet, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the shootout. [Nucks Misconduct]/

It’s official: the Vegas Golden Knights acquired defenseman Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings for two second round picks:

Now comes the obvious follow-up: is Martinez worth the cost?

For all the team’s selling, it’s already time to focus on next year’s draft:

Finally, what’s it like to be traded? NHL players open up: