FRISCO—No, it wasn’t a dream. Yes, the Dallas Stars’ season actually did come to a screeching halt with a 6-1 loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals to the St. Louis Blues last Wednesday at American Airlines Center. And now that the season is over, the work begins anew for general manager Jim Nill and the organization.
First up is the 2016 NHL Draft, where the Stars will pick 25th, but won’t have another selection until the fourth round. Last week, Dallas signed Russian forward Denis Gurianov, its top pick from the 2015 draft. Gurianov will play in North America next season, but it’s tough to say how NHL-ready he is.
Dallas has eight unrestricted free agents, including defensemen Jordie Benn, Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski and Kris Russell. Role players including Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler and Colton Sceviour are also … Read More »
For the first time in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Dallas Stars trail a series. Thanks to six unanswered goals in Game 3 by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues lead the second-round playoff series 2-1.
Game 3 started promisingly when Stars forward Colton Sceviour scored his second goal of the playoffs 4:44 into the first period. However, as in Game 2 on Sunday and at points during the regular season, that lead didn’t last. Fifty-seven seconds later, Alex Steen tied it after a Dallas turnover inside their zone.
And St. Louis kept on scoring to win this one going away.
“It’s hard when you lose like that in the playoffs. In the playoffs, you’ve got to have a short memory, so we’ll move on and get ready for the next one,” Stars captain Jamie Benn, … Read More »
It’s that time of year again when the most exciting tournament in sports is about to begin – The Stanley Cup Playoffs. And that means it’s time to check in again with our go-to hockey guy, former Stars defensemen, two-time Cup winner and current Fox Sports SW analyst for the Dallas Stars – Craig Ludwig.
ScoreBoardTX: OK Luds, the Stars have exceeded all expectations this year by not only winning the Central Division but also securing the best record in the Western Conference (after missing out on the playoffs last year). With everything that they’ve accomplished already, how high has the bar now been set? How deep do they have to go for this season to be considered a success?
Luds: When you finish on top of arguably the toughest division in the NHL, and first in the Western Conference, expectations will … Read More »
NHL hockey is finally upon us (the Stars had their first pre-season game last night in Florida against the Panthers, a 3-2 loss) after a long off-season in these parts. So we thought it was time to catch up with former Stars defenseman, current Fox Sports Southwest hockey analyst and our go-to hockey guy, Craig Ludwig.
ScoreBoardTX: OK Luds, The Stars made some significant moves this off-season, among them acquiring Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya fresh off their championship run with the Blackhawks, and trading for former Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi from the Sharks. What’s your take on the all the moves by Jim Nill and crew? Which do you think will have the biggest impact?
Ludwig: First Sharp should help out our power play. He can play the point on it and he bolsters an already very talented top six … Read More »
The literary classic A Tale of Two Cities begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As I navigated my way through Wednesday this week I was reminded of this line. That classic sports day was the best of times…and then it only got better.
Now, we are two days removed from the glow of what some have called the best sports day of the year, and I have three words for you; “Tap the Brakes!”
I heard fans and talk show hosts alike talking all day yesterday about the immediate future. One host went so far as to predict a Mavs win over the Heat in six. He was kidding, I think?!? For their part the Mavs are not thinking about the Heat or the Thunder or the Western Conference Finals. That would be the equivalent … Read More »
Nichuskin has 9 goals and 13 assists in his first 41 NHL games
It was announced yesterday that three Dallas Stars have been named to their respective home country’s Olympic hockey teams for the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (hockey runs Feb. 12-23)- forward Jamie Benn for team Canada, goalie Kari Lehtonen for team Finland and forward Val Nichuskin for team Russia. Benn and Nichuskin are line mates and many thought their third linemate Tyler Seguin had a legit shot at making team Canada as well, and completing the trifecta for the Stars top trio (Seguin is currently 8th in the league in goals scored at 21).
But as usual in international competition, someone deserving always gets left behind, and in this case its the Stars talented 21-year-old winger. Nichuskin has to be considered the surprise pick of the three just … Read More »
Winning in the National Hockey League can often be traced back to two things – special teams and goaltending. If a team can find success in these two areas, wins take care of themselves.
It makes sense, really; it’s not rocket science. If a team can score when it has the man-advantage while limiting the opponents’ chances when they have it, well, the good guys are going to outscore them in games most of the time. Goaltending can also be a team’s most effective penalty killer and give your team a foundation for 5-on-5 play.
Look no further than the Stars’ 4-3 win at Chicago last night. Alex Chiasson’s power play goal was Dallas’ first man-advantage goal in five games, with the Stars dropping three of the previous four contests. Add in Antoine Roussel’s penalty shot goal in the third (the game-winner), … Read More »