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from Razor With An Edge,
In light of last night’s spanking in Motown I thought we’d revisit my premature blog posting prior to the first meeting in Dallas. The Stars followed my 10 step program much more closely in the latest shellacking at the Joe. Note: Additional editorials from last night’s outcome are in parenthesis….
• Win as few face-offs as possible as a way to set up your “checking game”. (37% on the dots, mission accomplished)
• Pay no attention to overrated forwards Datsyuk and Zetterberg - they’re so one-dimensional. Same goes for that free agent flop Marian Hossa. Instead, focus a lot of your effort toward ensuring Valtteri Filppula doesn’t “beat you by himself”. (All three scored, all three helped set up another goal, and all three dominated. Filppula was held scoreless and 0 for 4 in the faceoff circle)
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The hockey world is a generally forgiving place. It is willing to embrace Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet despite his 2007 conviction for conspiracy to promote gambling, and it continues to employ hulking Calgary forward Todd Bertuzzi, even though he pleaded guilty to an on-ice criminal assault of Steve Moore, an ‘04 attack that fractured the Colorado forward’s neck and ended his career. Live and let live, eh? The quality of mercy is not strained, except in the relationship between Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery and the league that now considers him a pariah. Avery did not place a bet, drive drunk, injure anyone or wield a weapon other than a sharp tongue. If scabrous speech were a felony, NHL teams would be forced to skate three-on-three.
So why can’t hockey forgive him?
from Rangers Report,
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering—what, that wasn’t one of yours?—but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.
While that part was about as surprising as Tom Renney being seen watching opposing team video, what was noteworthy was that Avery was reported “hanging with former teammates…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”
“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Why they’ll make it
Sweet parity. The Stars are just four points out of eighth place in the Western Conference. How? Because outside of the Sharks and Red Wings, the West is a jumble of teams that just aren’t separating themselves much. There’s only seven points’ difference between No. 5 Vancouver and the No. 14 Stars.
Why they won’t
The hole’s too deep. The Stars have put themselves in a tough position. Now there’s no room for error, no room for a losing streak of any length from here on out. That kind of pressure can affect even the most resilient team, and the Stars could crack under the weight of that before they can make up enough ground to make the postseason.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Scene: A meeting room where eight chairs are shoehorned around one older man, who sits on the edge of a desk….
A young, athletic-looking man who’s wearing comically oversized sunglasses looks around, then realizes the counsellor is talking to him.
“Why don’t you stand up and tell us about yourself.”
The younger man rises.
“Are there any TV cameras here?” he asks.
“No, son,” says the counsellor. “You’re completely anonymous here.”
The younger man looks disappointed for a moment.
“Are you sure you don’t know who I am?” he asks.
“No idea,” someone in the group says, and again he looks disappointed before he continues.
“My name is Sean,” he says.
A bit late, but the NHL just put the video online today, so we thought we’d post it here for your Friday afternoon perusal.
from Mike Heika at Dallas Stars Blog,
Not that this means the Stars are going to make the playoffs, but parity has brought the entire West down this year.
Currently, seventh place Phoenix is on pace for 87 points. So is eighth place Nahsville, ninth place Colorado and 10th place Minnesota.
So, the idea Dallas needs 95 points to make the playoffs might be wrong.
That’s a small difference, but one I think is worth nothing.
Maybe they just need 88 or 90 points, and that means they would need 60 points in the final 51 games. That’s just a .588 winning percentage.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.
And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.
read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…
FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that defenseman Sergei Zubov will undergo surgery on his hip in January, and will be out indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by a hip specialist in Colorado.
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