Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Bulldoze Blues 4-0 in St. Louis As Preseason Rolls On

Kari gets the shutout as the vets strike back. Plus, Hanzal returns to practice, and the refs are already backing off their officiating spree.

The Dallas Stars racked up four goals from four different players, plus 21 saves from Kari Lehtonen, to shut out a depleted St. Louis Blues lineup 4-0 last night in Scottrade Center.

Coach Ken Hitchcock added more veterans after a more inexperienced group lost 5-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Jason Spezza, playing his first preseason game, also scored his first preseason goal, with Dan Hamhuis, Remi Elie and Mattias Janmark finding twine as well.

Find the full write-up here. [Dallas Stars]

Meanwhile, take a look at this power play goal and feel free to swoon.

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ICYMI, Martin Hanzal started practicing with the team yesterday. It’s his first practice since he sprained his ankle before the start of training camp. [Stars Inside Edge]

The NHL Network is hinting around at tonight’s Top 50 Players reveal with this Jamie Benn video. Is the Captain part of the #20-11 list? (Who knows, they used John Klingberg highlights to sell the Top 20 defenders and he wasn’t even on it, but try watching anyway.)

Around the league(s)

Well, the NHL experiment in calling every penalty, on every player, every time, is already undergoing some, ahhhhh, adjustments.

Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson gets the first suspension of 2017-18 with a two-game sit for interference on the Blues’ Robert Thomas.

Antti Niemi backstopped the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night, making 31 stops – including one with his bare hand.

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson was back on the ice yesterday for the first time since a major offseason ankle surgery.

Say it with me: It’s never too early to start thinking about the NHL Draft. Mackenzie Liddell takes a look.

Elsewhere, 2016 No. 4 overall Jesse Puljujarvi stole thunder from the Edmonton Oilers’ other, even higher draft picks with a three-point game against the Winnipeg Jets.

As you finish your 2017-18 fantasy roster, you might want to compare your picks with Matt Larkin’s final top 200 fantasy list. [The Hockey News]

You know it will happen, and the Arizona Coyotes have decided not to be coy about it: No one else will ever wear Shane Doan’s number 19, although they’re not sure yet when the formal retirement will take place.

The Chinese market has enough perceived value that the NHL presumably will not skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. But hockey legend Phil Esposito says the league fell down hard on promoting last week’s China Games.

Meanwhile, the PyeongChang controversy continues as NBC reveals that the NHL will go dark across every platform during the 2018 Winter Games – a move Larry Brooks interprets as “a symbolic middle finger” to Gary Bettman and Co. [New York Post]

Minnesota-born Blake Wheeler is the first NHL player to weigh in on the social-media battle between the Golden State Warriors and the White House.

Meanwhile, in NHL18, I’ll just leave this here.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Texas Stars captain Travis Morin and LW Greg Rallo are back in the Austin area to prepare for the T-Stars’ upcoming season – which begins Friday, Oct. 6 with a home game against the Chicago Wolves.

It’s also never too early to start planning for February’s Pink in the Rink breast cancer benefit, and this Jason Dickinson goal from 2016 is here to remind you why.


Twenty-five years ago yesterday, 20-year-old goalie Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game, as a preseason invitee of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This week, she discussed her moment in history with Sportsnet’s Kristina Rutherford. Enjoy.