Aligning the Stars: Defensemen and Forwards

The Dallas Stars finished the 2015-16 regular season atop the Western Conference, but came up short against the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series. While fans, players and coaches try to shake off the sting of defeat and of promise unfulfilled, general manager Jim Nill and his staff are hard at work. In addition to the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, Nill has...
Via The Hockey Writers
10 minutes ago

Penguins’ Daley not ruling himself out for final, but he’d need a miracle to play

It’s been nearly a decade since Trevor Daley has been on a team that has gone this deep into the post-season, and with the Penguins having a shot at taking home the Stanley Cup, the 32-year-old defenseman doesn’t want to let his broken ankle keep him out of the series. Daley’s injury was almost freak in nature. After an innocuous hit from Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan...
Via The Hockey News
9 hours ago

A former Dallas Star will definitely win their first Stanley Cup this year

Monday night, the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins will kick off their seven-game series for the Stanley Cup inside Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center.On May 11, the Dallas Stars' season came to an end in a fashion most fans would like to soon forget, but that doesn't mean there's isn't still a reason to watch the Finals (as painful as it may be).Both sides of this season...
Via SportsDay
21 hours ago

Dallas Stars Will Have Plenty Of Options With 25th Overall Pick

Like a beautiful Sunday afternoon with no errands to run and nothing planned, the Dallas Stars have a lot of freedom heading into the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. For many NHL teams there are obvious needs that need to be addressed at the draft table, and addressed as soon as possible. The Toronto Maple Leafs need an elite center to play with the elite wing prospects that they already have...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Corsi, Contracts and Construction: The 2015-16 Dallas Stars

Ever wonder what goes into building a team? There are so many approaches to building a team that can compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some teams look to build a big, physical force that wears down their opponents. Some choose to build for speed and the ability to score at will. Those are the simplistic views, but a lot more goes into it than that. Some teams are built up of a...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Stars defenseman Esa Lindell is in perfect place to make step up to NHL next season

With almost 30 years in scouting and player development at the NHL level, Stars assistant general manager Les Jackson has learned a few things _ and one is to not overhype a prospect."I think we all tend to do it," Jackson said. "He's `our guy,' so we want him to do well, and I think we all tend to say the best things about him, and maybe we set the expectations too high and that...
Via SportsDay
3 days ago

Heika: What I think is key for Stars to keep improving in the playoffs

Mike Heika recently held a chat to talk things all Dallas Stars. Here are some highlights:Question: If the Stars sign a defenseman in free agency you think they'll be targeting a righty or a lefty?Heika: I think they can go either right now.Because Klingberg and Johns seem like locks for years going forward and Honka is knocking on the door, the potential for three righties is there...
Via SportsDay
3 days ago

How can the Dallas Stars fix their dreadful goaltending?

The Dallas Stars took a step forward this year in many aspects. They won the Central Division with 109 points (their most since 2006-2007) a year after falling short of a postseason berth in 2014-2015. The faces of the franchise – Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn –  and the rest of the Stars’ electric offense was explosive. The team made it as far as Game 7 of the Western Semifinals against...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Daley Out For Postseason

Daley to Miss Postseason With Ankle Injury The playoffs are all about attrition and the Pittsburgh Penguins are experiencing that the hard way. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said that Daley suffered a broken ankle in their Game 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and will miss the remainder of the season. It’s a huge loss for the Penguins and their blue line as they enter Game 5...
Via Sports-Glory
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Stars' Seguin had strained left calf after cut to Achilles

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Tyler Seguin missed the last 11 games of the playoffs for the Dallas Stars with a strained left calf that was weakened by sitting out the final 10 games of the regular season because of a cut on his Achilles tendon. The All-Star forward was limited to 16 minutes in Game 2 of a first-round series victory against Minnesota. He strained the calf in that game, his...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Lindy Ruff: “Right now is not the time to assess blame”

The Dallas Stars were stomped 6-1 by the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, laying an egg in Game 7 of their second-round series. The Stars finished atop the Western Conference with 109 points, but unfortunately, goaltending issues with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi tanked the team’s effort in the playoffs. Head coach Lindy Ruff told reporters after the game that losing was a “huge...
Via Puck Drunk Love
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Looking forward to next season

The offseason may be here for the Dallas Stars, but that does not mean it is time for complete rest. The players should take some well deserved days of rest and vacation, knowing that they earned it after this year, but there is always room for improvement and that’s exactly how this offseason should be spent. Dallas’ journey to the Stanley Cup ended in game seven against the...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Stars future with 2 top scorers, need decision on 2 goalies

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars have two of the NHL's top scorers with young All-Star players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. They also have two goaltenders under contract for two more seasons, which may not be nearly as beneficial. Coach Lindy Ruff routinely switched between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi during the regular season, when both goalies won 25 games. Things didn't work out...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues crush Stars, eliminate ability to use jokes at their expense for a little while

The Blues jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 2 periods, thanks in large part to Kari Lehtonen (who does not play for the Blues, and is in fact the Stars’ net minder). Not only are they in the Western Conference final, they got there authoritatively. And not to be discounted, Viktor Tarasenko is a finalist for the cover of EA NHL hockey 2017.  They will get an exhausted Nashville or...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues pull off the unexpected with a Game 7 win against the Stars

That was a shocking result for the Blues. Not quite as shocking as how badly the Stars played at home in a Game 7, but that final 6-1 result wouldn’t have been predicted by even the most loyal Blues fan. The Blues managed eight shots in the first period, but thanks to some outstanding secondary pressure and Kari Lehtonen being Kari Lehtonen, the team left after 20 up by three...
Via Frozen Notes
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fans missed large chunk of STL-DAL Game 7 due to Charter outage

The Blues had an extremely impressive performance in a dominant Game 7 win against the Dallas Stars. Unfortunately, hockey fans subscribed to Charter missed out on most of the final period as the cable provider experienced a widespread outage. The outage plagued a huge section of the country at one point: 5/11/16: the night of the #CharterOutage —...
Via Puck Drunk Love
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Game 7 between the Blues and Stars is must-see hockey

The Eastern Conference Final set itself after the Penguins defeated the Capitals Tuesday night. The Western Conference Final, however, is still a bit of a mystery, with two Game 7 bouts scheduled for the latter part of the week. Needless to say, neither one of these games is to be missed.Looking back at media predictions preceding Round 2’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and...
Via Yardbarker
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Dallas Stars keep their playoff journey alive?

The Dallas Stars have a battle ahead of them if they want to continue in the race to the Stanley Cup. After falling to the St. Louis Blues in Dallas, the Stars are now in danger of being booted out of the second round. The series is heading back to St. Louis, perhaps giving the Blues a slight advantage, but the Stars will really have to work to bring everything to a game seven. Defense...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues look to overcome Stars' home ice advantage in Game 5

Kari Lehtonen might have ended the Dallas Stars' recent goaltender carousel after leading them to a crucial overtime victory. Coach Lindy Ruff wasn't exactly forthcoming, however, choosing a deadpan statement over a ringing endorsement.In all likelihood, Lehtonen will stand between the pipes for the Stars' attempt to take command of their Western Conference semifinal series against...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jamie Benn paving the way for the Dallas Stars

Last year was a prime year for Jamie Benn. He led the league in points, capturing the Art Ross Trophy for the first time in his NHL career. He proved to the Dallas Stars fans and his teammates why he wears the C on his jersey, by pushing himself harder every time he took the ice. Yet even though he tried to push his team, they still fell flat and didn’t make it into the Stanley...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Shania Twain may be the Dallas Stars' secret weapon

The Dallas Stars bounced back from an embarrassing blowout loss to beat the St. Louis Blues and tie their second-round playoff series at two games apiece on Thursday night."I said, `It's time for us to man up,' and I thought we did," coach Lindy Ruff told the press postgame. Though it appears they received some womanly motivation as well ... specifically, the musical stylings of...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Goal Of The Night: Cody Eakin

If you were going to pick one player on the Dallas Stars that you know would come through in the clutch, not many people would have Cody Eakin on that list. You might want to add him now! It was just a couple minutes into the first overtime Thursday night when Eakin went high short side on Blues goalie Brian Elliot, giving Dallas the Game 4 victory and evening the series at one....
Via Beyond The Benches
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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