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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Jiri Hudler is as confused as anyone.
The veteran forward has been disabled by a mystery virus this season, and has seen his own doctors in addition to Stars team doctors. But while nobody really knows what he has been battling, they do believe he is on the road to recovery.
"It's been a long time and frustrating, but it is coming along. I hope I am going to be playing as soon as possible," Hudler said. "I just felt really bad for the past five or six weeks or whatever it was. I've never been in this situation before, and I never want to be again, that's for sure."
Hudler, 32, has played just four games this season and has spent the rest of the time just trying to diagnose the problem. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the team believes Hudler's problems are similar to those suffered by Travis Morin in training camp.
"Just a virus, some type of virus, which really can't be answered," Ruff said. "I guess there's hundreds of them out there."
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
... the Blues scored twice in a game for the first time in their last five outings and just the second time in their past eight. They had to overcome an overturned goal in the third period to get there, but they did it....
Dallas picked up four assists from Tyler Seguin and three from Jamie Benn to rout the Blues 6-2 in the Central Division matchup, sending the visitors to their second straight defeat. They both came on the road, and including Tuesday’s 5-0 loss in New York, the Blues were outscored 11-2 on the trip.
“There was a lot more good stuff (than the Rangers’ game), but still the end result is not better than it was and that’s all we look at in hockey,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We’re going to have to turn this thing around pretty quickly.”...
As the story continues to unfold, the Blues outshot Dallas 30-27 but came up on the short end after missing on more scoring chances. And the areas that have saved the Blues in recent weeks — goaltending, defense and penalty-killing — now have holes. The PK gave up another goal Thursday and goalie Jake Allen has given up nine goals on 46 shots in two games.
“This is a tough time for us right now,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re not playing very well. We’re not all on board, where we should be. It’s a tough time for us right now. We’re going to have to build some momentum back with better play, more committed play. It’s a frustrating time for everybody right now, frustrating because we’re not scoring and we’re not keeping it out of the net our last two games.”
Game highlights can be watched below...
from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,
We’ve flipped the calendar into the NHL season’s second month, and one of the biggest emerging stories can be found in the Central Division. Specifically, down near the bottom of the standings, where two teams that we all expected to be very good are struggling to find wins.
With three wins through nine games, the Nashville Predators are on pace for just 64 points on the season. The Dallas Stars‘ three wins and eight points have them in a little better shape, projecting out to 73 points. Those would be stunning totals for two teams that both played in the second round last year, and that came into this year as favourites in the Central.
But if you’re a Stars or Predators fan, you’re probably wondering just how troubling a bad start can be. After all, each team still has 73 games left to play, which seems like plenty of time to right the ship. Is this kind of start really as big a deal as it might seem?
One way to forecast the future can be to dig into the past. So today, let’s look through the salary cap era with a specific question: How often have good teams gotten off to starts this bad?
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill released the following statement in regards to right wingAles Hemsky:
"Ales underwent surgery this morning to repair a labral tear in his hip. The injury was sustained while he was participating in the World Cup of Hockey. He will be out of the lineup for five to six months as he recovers and rehabilitates."
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars' injury problems continue to get worse, as Ales Hemsky reinjured his groin Saturday and is out for Tuesday's game, and Jason Spezza tweaked something in practice Monday and moves into "questionable" status.
Already out for Dallas are: Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Patrick Sharp (concussion), Patrick Eaves (lower body) and Jiri Hudler (flu). Eaves has been skating and might be available to play Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. Hudler skated Monday, but is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game.
Jamie Benn missed practice for a maintenance day, but is expected to be ready to play Tuesday.
Dave Strader statement a little over a moth ago:
"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."
"I think that was a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with, he was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net. Terrible. Someone is going to have to explain why that goal counts. I want an explanation. He's in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a goACod goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.
-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game talk from Ruff.
You can watch the goal below at the 3:00 mark of the video. Video of just the goal doesn't show a replay but the game recap video does, so that is what I used.
Also, watch the hit on Patrick Sharp below Ruff says Sharp will be out and evaluated today.
from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,
"I think he's just hitting the window of his best years right now," Stars general manager Jim Nill said.
Nill knows a little something about windows of greatness. He spent 19 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and watched 11 Hall of Famers -- Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Dominik Hasek, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Larry Murphy and Viacheslav Fetisov -- help bring Stanley Cups to the Motor City.
"I think there's still a little bit more out there for Jamie," Nill said. "When he's on his game, he's one of the best two-way players in the league and I think he can improve on that. I was fortunate to have worked in Detroit and remember Steve Yzerman. He became a better player when he was 29, 30, 31 and 32. It's experience and learning to play different ways. There's still more there for Jamie."
And Benn knows exactly what that "more" is.
"There's a lot more to give to get something even bigger," Benn said. "You grow up with big dreams and big goals. I've had some pretty good years but it's just the beginning. Team success is the next step -- winning a Stanley Cup."
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Players from both teams gave the quality of the ice a thumbs-up, which was a big relief to George Salami, the arena’s ice maker.
“It’s good,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “The boards have a little bounce to them, but it’s a beautiful arena and it’s bright, which I like.”
Dallas center Jason Spezza noticed the same thing about the lively boards, saying: “The boards are real quick. The puck is humming around.”
Spezza also thought the ice will get better the more it is played on.
“It probably needs to be broken in a little,” he said. “But it’s the first time, and it was fine.”
Said Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who had Friday off with Jeff Zatkoff in the net: “I think it’s on par with most of the rinks we play on.”...
“It’s a little different city,” Oduya said. “But there’s a lot of support here. I think it’s going to be exciting. It’s not that far for our fans to travel from Dallas.”
“I think it has the makings of a really good rivalry because Vegas is so close to L.A.,” he said. “It’ll be fun coming to Vegas and being the enemy.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday was a good trial run for his team.
“I hate to think any trip to Vegas is a routine trip,” Ruff said. “But I think it’s going to be business as usual for our guys when we come here. There’s obviously a lot to do here and experience. They can experience it all they want, just as long as they’re in by 11 (p.m.).”
more on the Stars 6-3 win over the Kings...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars winger Mattias Janmark will have knee surgery to address an issue of osteochondritis dissecans and will be out a minimum of 5-6 months, general manager Jim Nill said Friday.
Janmark, 23, has been skating in camp and was expected to play in the Stars' preseason game in Colorado Wednesday when his knee locked up. Doctors examined the knee and discovered the problem which is described by Wikipedia as: "A joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchondral bone. ...OCD is caused by blood deprivation in the subchondral bone. This loss of blood flow causes the subchondral bone to die in a process called avascular necrosis. The bone is then reabsorbed by the body, leaving the articular cartilage it supported prone to damage. The result is fragmentation (dissection) of both cartilage and bone, and the free movement of these bone and cartilage fragments within the joint space, causing pain and further damage.
Nill said the condition is congenital and added that chances of full recovery are 80 percent.
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