He said it: Lindy Ruff talks after morning skate Friday before Game 1

On Kris Russell joining the team at the deadline and the challenge of that"Well, first thing is he's had a little bit of a rough ride because he got injured, spent a good part out of the lineup, which has been tough for him. Probably could have played some of those games but I decided to make sure he was healthy to come back. I think he fully understands how we play, which is different...
Via SportsDay
4 days ago

Lineup Changes Ahead for Stars?

Could lineup changes lie ahead for the Dallas Stars? After dispatching the Minnesota Wild in an uncomfortably close six-game Stanley Cup playoff series, the Stars now face a much tougher second round opponent in the St. Louis Blues. Embed from Getty Images The challenge now faced by the Stars is twofold: Not only are the Blues more skilled than the Wild, but they’re also...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 days ago

Observations: Stars don't look pretty in 3-2 win, but they do look pretty gritty

Jamie Benn has struggled the past two games.It has you worried.We know, we hear you.Maybe he's sick, you say. It is going around, it seemsMaybe he's hurt, you say, some lingering issues from the hip surgeries last summer.Maybe.Or maybe after torching the Minnesota Wild for five points in the first two games of this playoff series _ and 14 points for the first seven meetings of the...
Via SportsDay
12 days ago

Cold Facts: Veteran leadership puts the Stars in position to clinch a first round victory at home

Game 4: Stars 3, Wild 2Click here to view the box score. Three Stars 1. Jason Spezza, Stars - Goal and assist, as veteran leader keeps making right play at right time.2. Antti Niemi, Stars - Returned to playoffs for the first time since 2014 and made 28 saves.3. Kris Russell, Stars - Played through illness and added two assists and some big moments on defense. Big save Antti...
Via SportsDay
13 days ago

Heika: Stars rode playoff roller coaster in Game 4, but had enough tricks up their sleeve to pull out a big win

Game 4: Stars 3, Wild 2 Click here to view the box scoreST.PAUL, Minn. --  The emotions of the playoffs have become so intense that it's no longer highs and lows from game to game, but from period to period.Stars fans rode the roller coaster of excitement and depression throughout a spotty Game 4 and finally landed on exhilaration after a 3-2 Stars win at Xcel Energy Center.The...
Via SportsDay
13 days ago

Tyler Seguin Out For Game 4, Russell a Possibility

The Dallas Stars have confirmed that they will enter Game 4 against the Minnesota Wild without forward Tyler Seguin, reports Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. He remains in Dallas and has not skated since his return appearance in Game 2. Seguin had a 15 percent laceration to his Achilles tendon over a month ago and missed exactly one month of play. He returned in Game 2 and...
Via The Hockey Writers
13 days ago

He said it: Stars coach Lindy Ruff talks about goalies, Kris Russell before Game 4

STARS COACH LINDY RUFFQ. more on how he felt about game 3, and looking ahead to tonight.A. I felt our execution in the game wasn't where it has been. We weren't making the simple passes, simple execution leaving the zone, the things that help us create a lot of speed in our game, it wasn't very good. Probably the worst Id seen in.... it all comes down to sometimes being in the right...
Via SportsDay
13 days ago

Kris Russell returns to practice, but still could miss Game 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Stars defenseman Kris Russell missed Game 3 battling illness but returned to practice Tuesday. Still, coach Lindy Ruff said Russell still could miss Game 4 because of his lingering illness."We'll see, he hasn't been feeling better for a while, so it might take more than just tomorrow," Ruff said. "But he can be an option if all of the sudden he feels a lot better...
Via SportsDay
14 days ago

Ruff Updates Injured Stars; Russell, Seguin Questionable

Following Tuesday’s practice in St. Paul, Coach Lindy Ruff offered some updates on injured players for the Dallas Stars. Importantly, star forward Tyler Seguin was not present. He remained in Dallas in advance of Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center despite having returned to game action for Game 2. It was said prior to Game 3 that Seguin had “irritated something” in his return,...
Via The Hockey Writers
14 days ago

Stars could miss Seguin, Russell again in Game 4 vs Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Dallas Stars will likely be without standout center Tyler Seguin again in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. Seguin has been rehabbing his Achilles tendon, which kept him out of the last 10 regular-season games plus the playoffs opener against the Wild. Seguin took part in Game 2 but was held out of Game 3. Coach Lindy...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

He said it: Stars coach Lindy Ruff talks Jamie Benn's maintenance day, Kris Russell's illness

Update on Jamie Benn, who missed practice:"Just gave him a maintenance day. Just felt it'd be the best thing for him.No illness, No injury?"No nothing."Just asking because the fans are worried back home?"The fans don't need to worry. There's nothing to worry about."The playoffs seem to be about good days and bad days and how you respond."Yeah, we had a bad day. But like I said last...
Via SportsDay
14 days ago

It was 'tough' for Kris Russell to miss seven games, but he used his time off to his advantage studying how Stars operate

Kris Russell was averaging 24:31 in his first nine games with the Stars before getting hurt, so that tells you what coach Lindy Ruff thinks about the scrappy defenseman.Russell returned to play Thursday after missing seven games with a foot injury, and it was clear Ruff was excited to get him back in the lineup."There was a little bit of an adjustment when he first got here, but...
Via SportsDay
26 days ago

Heika: As the playoffs near and injured players prepare to return, their replacements are fighting for roster spots

The Stars' injury shuffle is creating all sorts of decisions as the team gets ready for the start of the playoffs.Defenseman Kris Russell is ready to return from a foot injury that kept him out seven games and should play Thursday against the Avalanche. In addition, defenseman Jason Demers is skating after rehabbing a shoulder injury for 12 games and would like to play the final...
Via SportsDay
27 days ago

Scouting Stars-Avalanche: Dallas (with some help) can clinch first place with win over Colorado

Avalanche at Stars7:30 p.m. Thursday TV: FSSW-Plus Radio: 1310 AM The Ticket Storyline Dallas is battling St. Louis for first place in the Western Conference and the top seed in the Central Division. If Dallas gets two points against the Avalanche and the Blues get none against the Blackhawks Thursday, the Stars will clinch first place. Key match-up Jamie Benn vs. Semyon VarlamovBenn...
Via SportsDay
27 days ago

He said it: Lindy Ruff talks after practice Wednesday about Stars injury situation

Stars coach Lindy Ruff was asked about several injuries today, and the Stars could have some lineup changes Thursday against Colorado.Defenseman Kris Russell has missed seven games with a foot injury, but Ruff has been very cautious with Russell. He said Russell is ready to return, which means that there is a chance Jordie Benn or Patrik Nemeth come out of the lineup.The Stars also...
Via SportsDay
27 days ago

Lindy Ruff says Kris Russell (foot) is ready, choosing to not rush him back

Stars defenseman Kris Russell was held out for his fifth consecutive game with a foot injury, and Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he might keep Russell out longer just to make sure he is 100 percent healthy. Russell is ready to play, Ruff said, but he wants him to rest his foot."Kris Russell actually feels better," Ruff said. "He could play, but our choice, or my choice, is not to...
Via SportsDay
March 31, 2016

Will Stars' young defensemen eventually make for one of NHL's best blue lines? Mike Heika weighs in ...

Dallas Stars insider Mike Heika hosted a live chat recently to talk all things hockey. Here are some of the highlights:Do the Stars have the potential to have one of the best blue lines in the coming years with the emergence of Klingberg and now Stephen Johns?Heika: It's really tough to guess what the blue line will look like, because they have so many decisions. But yes, the fact...
Via SportsDay
March 29, 2016

Why the Dallas Stars are dangerous and poised to make a deep playoff run

The Dallas Stars are back in the playoffs  for the first time since 2014. After narrowly missing out on the postseason last year, GM Jim Nill made several moves in the offseason to improve the team. Those moves have paid off as the Stars (45-22-9) own the best record in the Western Conference. Boasting last year's Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn and a plethora of other young...
Via SportsDay
March 26, 2016

Scouting Stars-Sharks: Expect fierce competition as teams jockey for playoff positioning

Stars at Sharks 3 p.m. Saturday (FSSW/1310 AM The Ticket)StorylineWith the race for seeding in the Western Conference heating up, both teams are battling for points in hopes of securing home ice in the first round and beyond. Both teams are also coming off disappointing losses to non-playoff teams, so motivation should be high.Key match-upPatrick Eaves vs. Brent BurnsIn addition...
Via SportsDay
March 25, 2016

Stars-Sharks Preview

Over the course of three days, the Dallas Stars went from dominating one of the league's elite clubs to looking far from postseason-ready in a loss to a team that won't be participating in the playoffs. During that defeat, the San Jose Sharks simultaneously were blowing a two-goal lead and suffering a home loss to one of the Western Conference's worst teams. Saturday's matchup...
Via AP on Fox
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Morning skate update: Facing speedy Coyotes, Stars stick with lineup that worked Tuesday vs. Chicago

GLENDALE, Ariz. _ A fast start and a decent cushion in the standings has helped the Stars avoid panic all season, and it continues to pay off as the team deals with a couple of injuries.Kris Russell has been bothered by a foot injury that occurred Saturday against the Islanders, and he was pushing hard to get into Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks in Chicago. But Stars coach...
Via SportsDay
March 24, 2016

Dallas Stars clinch a playoff birth/ Western Conference playoff race update

For just the second time since the 2008 playoffs the Dallas Stars can put the elusive ‘x’ next to their name in the standings. Dallas had a chance to clinch a playoff birth twice over the weekend, but Minnesota did not obliged meaning it was in the Stars hands Tuesday night in Chicago, needing a win to earn them the clinching points for the 2016 playoffs. Dallas handled Chicago...
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Hockey Tweets of the Week – Week 22

Hello friends, we are back again to bring you the best in NHL social media. That’s right kids, it’s the Tweets of the Week, back again to warm the cockles of your collective hearts. You could probably call this the trade deadline edition of TOTW, because there was a lot of reaction to all the new faces in new places. Stevie Y Gets Sneaky Is that the reason why Steve Yzerman played...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Winners/Losers

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and while deadline day itself was boring, the days leading up to it had their fair share of trades. As always, some teams did well, and some stumbled. Here is a look at the winners and losers from the trade deadline.Winner: Calgary FlamesAfter making the playoffs last year, the Calgary Flames' disappointing 26-33-4 record this season (which...
Via The Sports Quotient
March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: March 1, 2016

Welcome to March! We’re finally hitting the home stretch of the NHL season. The trade deadline passed yesterday –some teams got much better, some much worse. It’ll definitely be a huge factor as we do our daily diligence to analyze the matchups on the schedule. Tonight we have nine games on the slate, and a few promising angles to exploit for DFS players. Lets get right to...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 01, 2016  |  Discuss
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