Dallas Stars Daily Links: Seguin’s Scoring Struggles

The Stars’ #1 Center hasn’t scored as much this year, but all is good as long as the Stars keep winning. Plus, which teams are in the best position to tank, Gritty finds himself in legal trouble, and more.

Statistically speaking, Tyler Seguin was an odd choice for the NHL All-Star game. With only 32 points in 48 games, the veteran center is on pace for his lowest point total since coming to Dallas in 2013.

Then again, every team has to send at least one player, and Seguin is the Stars’ leading scorer. Plus if last season’s any indication, his numbers may see an uptick after the bye:

“I didn’t think I was going to start out slow this year... I definitely can look back and see several chances where I could have scored. Then, I’d be sitting here with 17 or 18 goals and nobody would be asking these questions. But the same thing happened early last year and then it picked up at the end and it all worked out OK, so that’s what I’m hoping for.”

Of course, statistics aren’t everything. Ask almost any player and they’ll say that team success is more important, and Seguin is no exception:

“It’s about wins, it really is,” Seguin said... “You’d like to produce more, but it is what it is. If I had an answer, I’d certainly change things, but we’re all working hard and we’re all playing hard, and we’re winning games.”

You can read more from Mike Heika here.

Stars Stories

This is a must read to start your morning if you haven’t already:

Remember when the Texas Stars also had a horrible start to the season? The AHL squad won 1-0 last night to put them at 7-1-0 for the month:

Riley Tufte scored the sole goal of the game, the first of his professional career:

Around the League

Last night concluded all NHL regular season action until after the All-Star game. There were only two games, but both involved the Central:

  • Two streaks were extended as the Winnipeg Jets dropped their fourth straight in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have now won six in-a-row. [The Cannon]
  • Meanwhile the Minnesota Wild ended their week on a happy note, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-2. [Hockey Wilderness]/

Are the Florida Panthers for real? It’s complicated...

NHL teams never tank, but then again they totally do:

Elliotte Friedman weighs in on Corey Perry in his latest 31 Thoughts:

Man, does anyone want to play in the All-Star Game?

Finally, Gritty — the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot — has been accused of assaulting a 13 year-old fan, although there doesn’t seem to be any evidence so far of this actually happening: