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Six Wins In A Row For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Not even a mandatory five-day break can cool off the Avalanche.

In the rubber match of a five-game, regular-season series Saturday night — the Avs’ first game since playing one week earlier — Colorado defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1 to extend its winning streak to six games.

“I really liked our effort tonight. I thought we did a lot of really good things,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said....

The last time Colorado (23-15-3, 49 points) won six straight was March 23 to April 5, 2014. In just 42 games, the Avs have now exceeded their win total and point total from last season, when they finished a wretched 22-56-4 and 48 points in 82 games.

“It was a big win for us coming out of the bye week and a good way to start the second half of the season,” Comeau said. “Different group, different mindset than last year. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think winning games is doing that. And I’ve said it before: We’ve had big  turnover this year, youthful energy and had our top line really step for us this year. We’ve had good goaltending, good special teams and the nice thing is, nobody’s satisfied.”

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Video- Significant Contact With The Goalie, No Goal

The Avs really did not need it, they defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1.


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Why Ken Hitchcock Took The Dallas Stars Job

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

“Alex, sit your ass right there and start asking questions.”

The directive arrives from the training table where Ken Hitchcock lies flat on his back, white hair against the headrest, sneakers dangling off the edge. It’s early last Wednesday, three hours until the Dallas Stars’ morning skate in Brooklyn, and the visiting area at Barclays Center is beginning to stir. Equipment managers hang jerseys across the hall. Hitchcock’s assistants cut video in the coaches room. The ice machine grumbles. Massage therapist Dan Garcia enters.

“Come on, big Dan,” says Hitchcock. “We’re going to multitask.”

My ass finds a stool.

He should be retired by now. That’s what the hockey world heard, at least.


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Dallas Stars Trade Jamie Oleksiak To The Pittsburgh Penguins

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. Pittsburgh currently owns two fourth-round selections in 2019, their own and Minnesota's. Dallas will receive the earlier of the two picks.

Oleksiak, 24, has recorded three points (1-2=3) in 21 games played this season. In six seasons with the Stars, he appeared in 140 regular-season games posting 22 points (7-15=22).

The 6-foot-7, 255-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. 

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Winning Streak Hits Six For The Philadelphia Flyers

from John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia,

The Flyers developed a Muhammad Ali-type mentality Saturday night.

It was hockey’s version of the rope-a-dope, where the Flyers took the Dallas Stars' best punches early on before going the distance, eventually wearing down an opponent that was playing their third game in four nights.

The end result was a 2-1 Flyers victory, extending their season-high winning streak to six games....

“We knew they were going to have a good push at the start of the game,” Brian Elliott, who has started all six games of the winning streak, said. "We knew they wouldn't be able to keep it up playing a back-to-back. I thought our guys did a really good job of sticking to that game plan and staying patiently persistent."

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The Dallas Stars Beat The Chicago Blackhawks Twice In 48 Hours

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas takes four points out of a home-and-home with their Central Division rivals, moving to 15-10-1 (31 points). Chicago falls to 12-9-5 (29 points).

The Stars are now 10-2-0 at home and 5-8-1 on the road, but coach Ken Hitchcock said the difference between the two really isn't that drastic.

"It's how you deal with adversity," Hitchcock said. "You can build or you can crumble, and we're building. Every team has to go through adversity. You have to go through it, you hope you don't go through it for long, but that's what we're doing. I like the way we're responding.

"We're going to have to face it all of the time," Hitchcock added. "I just don't think it's relevant whether it's road or home. To me. it's when the push comes to shove, how do you respond? I like the way we're responding right now." 


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Stars Coach Ken Hitchcock Wants NHL Teams to Get Specific with Injuries

By Sandy,

Monitoring injury situations is a key aspect when it comes to betting on any sport. If you know, for example, that Sidney Crosby is going to miss a game, betting on the Penguins may not be the wisest wager. Those that win money betting on hockey are forced to keep a close eye on injury news.

While most other professional sports leagues require teams to list specifics regarding player injuries, the National Hockey League has embraced ambiguity over the years. Rather than listing injured players with a “bruised knee” or “lacerated wrist,” hockey teams simply list their injured players with either an “upper body” or a “lower body” injury.

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Nathan MacKinnon Continues To Lead The Colorado Avalanche

freom Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind a penalty-free effort through two periods and another outstanding play-making performance by center Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche rolled past the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

In a festive environment on the night before Thanksgiving Day, MacKinnon had three assists to extend his scoring spree to 20 points in 10 games and Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 11-8-1 overall. The Avs won just 13 times in 41 home games last season en route to a league-low 48 points. They have now scored three goals in every home game.

“I liked our game tonight. We had a really good start, good energy at the start. We were jumping,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I liked our disclipline and our decision making throughout the whole night and especially the third period. That was a real mature third period from our guys. Good decisions. No risky pucks in the middle of the ice.”


Mike Chambers has more on the Avs, like this..

Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the making. Just 22, the fifth-year NHL centerman is becoming the player we all thought he would become since he was selected No. 1 overall in 2013. He assisted on all three goals Wednesday and has now has amassed 20 points (14 assists) in his last 10 games and is averaging more than two points per-game on the season (25 points in 19 games).

Per the Avalanche, MacKinnon is the first Avs player to record 20 points in a span of 10 team games since Joe Sakic from March 20 to April 9, 2006 (7-13–20), and MacKinnon’s 17 points in November is tied for second in the league in scoring during the month and he’s pacing all skaters with 13 assists in that span. Being compared to Sakic is what we ultimately expected from young Great Nate.

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What A Difference A Year Makes For The Montreal Canadiens

The Habs suffered their third loss in a row, losing to the Dallas Stars 3-1

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season: 18 points.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season: 8

• After 21 games last season they had scored 65 goals. This season: 50.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season: 74

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Afternoon Line- Ken Hitchcock

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