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Stars & Blues Prepare for 2nd-Round

DALLAS — When first-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out his team over a “culture of mediocrity” in January, the St. Louis Blues weren’t too far removed from having the worst record in the NHL. Now the Central Division rivals will meet in the second round of the playoffs — and Montgomery is ready to move on from his scathing critique, while declaring that the culture has changed. Blues’ Unprecedented Turnaround “If you’re in that locker room, you see the culture now,” Mo...
Tags: Dallas Stars, St Louis Blues, 2019 NHL Playoffs, Jim Montgomery

NHL Rumors: Mikheyev, Zuccarello, Jets, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Ilya Mikheyev is getting a lot of attention by NHL clubs, but who will sign him? Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and other Winnipeg Jets talk about re-signing in Winnipeg, and Mats Zuccarello is earning a second look in Dallas. What would it take to keep him around? Where Will Ilya Mikheyev Wind Up? KHL forward Ilya Mikheyev is being pursued by the Vegas Golden Knights, but recent reports now suggest Vegas is not the only franchise trying to get him under contract...
Tags: NHL Rumors, Winnipeg Jets, Ilya Mikheyev, Jacob Trouba, Mats Zuccarello, Top Story

Stars Will Have Hands Full vs. Blues in Round 2

It’s become clear regular-season standings mean very little these playoffs. The wild-card Dallas Stars need only look to their first-round upset over the Central Division-winning Nashville Predators as proof. The Stars can use that as motivation as they prepare to face the favored St. Louis Blues in Round 2, as well. The problem is so can the Blues. Plus, in many ways, they make for a tougher opponent than the Predators. Singing the Blues’ Praises Fresh off an emotional first-round victo...
Tags: Dallas Stars, St Louis Blues, Ben Bishop, Jordan Binnington, Top Story, Tyler Seguin

Stars celebrate, but now must deal with Blues

When first-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out his team over a "culture of mediocrity" in January, the St. Louis Blues weren't too far removed from having the worst record in the NHL.

Stars Get Past Predators on Klingberg’s OT goal

DALLAS — John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17:02 into overtime and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games. Klingberg’s first goal of the playoffs came on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov. Dallas Stars celebrate Klingberg’s overime winner. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) The win by the Stars came 11 years after the previous time they clinched a playoff series on home ice. They needed ov...
Tags: Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, 2019 NHL Playoffs

Capitals Can Count Out Canes & Predators Need to Survive Stars

Braden Holtby isn’t one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals’ locker room. “To ourselves, I think,” Holtby said, “to show that when we play that way we’re going to be real tough to beat.” Related: Capitals Play With More Urgency The Capitals look as if they’ve found the swagger that led them to winning the Stanley Cup last year and can eliminate the Hurricanes in Game ...
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, 2019 NHL Playoffs

Pettersson vs. Binnington: Who Will Win the Calder?

On March 19, Jared Clinton of The Hockey News wrote that the Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Petterson had a chance to become the first unanimous Calder Trophy winner since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93. That season, Selanne broke every rookie goal-scoring record in NHL history by collecting 76 goals and 56 assists, for an amazing 132 points. He clearly deserved a clean sweep of first-place votes. Clinton might have made that comment only a month ago, but the Calder Trophy conversation seems to have beco...
Tags: Sport, Blues, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, National Hockey League, Chicago Blackhawks, Clinton, Dallas Stars, Calder, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Daniel Sedin, Canucks, Dahlin

Schwartz Redeems Season, Saves Series for Blues

Jaden Schwartz has been the subject of a lot of conversation this season, and little of it has been positive. He was not a difference maker in the early portion of the season when his St. Louis Blues were struggling, and even later in the year, after returning from injury, he could not seem to find his game. Then the playoffs started, and it seemed that Schwartz had disappeared completely. Fans were criticizing him constantly, and as recently as Thursday, I myself suggested sitting him in ga...
Tags: Sport, Blues, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, St Louis, Dallas Stars, Schwartz, Edmonton Oilers, St Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Brayden Schenn, Connor Hellebuyck, Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Bozak, Dustin Byfuglien

Predators Pushed to Edge of Elimination by Stars

NASHVILLE — Alexander Radulov scored two goals in the second period and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Saturday to push the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination. The Stars came into the post-season as the West’s first wild card and are up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series over the two-time defending Central Division champs. Dallas will have a chance Monday night at home in Game 6 to join Colorado and Columbus as the latest lower seed coming through i...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, 2019 NHL Playoffs

Stars push Predators to edge of elimination with 5-3 win

Alexander Radulov scored two goals in the second period and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 to push the Western Conference's No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Nashville, Dallas Stars, Alexander Radulov

Top Prospect Signings (Apr 19)

This past week, the Dallas Stars locked up one of their top prospects for the start of next season, 2016 1st round draft pick Riley Tufte. Tufte and the Stars agreed upon a 3-year entry-level deal, which will start next season and work the rookie maximum cap hit of $925,000, but doesn't have a great deal, in terms of performance bonuses, according to CapFriendly. Tufte just finished his [Author: opiatedsherpa]
Tags: Sport, Stars, Hockey, Dallas Stars, Signing, Golden Knights, Riley Tufte Tufte, One To Watch, Opiatedsherpa, CapFriendly Tufte

Predators’ JOFA Line Silent at Worst Time

Even though the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are tied at two games apiece in the opening round of the 2019 Playoffs, Predators fans can’t be excited or overly optimistic going forward. The games they won were both by one goal, and included an overtime victory in Game 2 and a 40-save performance by Pekka Rinne in Game 3. Meanwhile, the games they lost included a one-goal defeat in Game 1 and a blowout in Game 4. Related: Predators’ Keys for Playoff Success There are many reasons why...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Wayne Simmonds, St Louis Blues, Roman Josi, Rinne, Winnipeg Jets, Mikael Granlund, Christopher Hanewinckel, Johansen, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Johansen

Remembering the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ 2003 Draft

RThe Anaheim Ducks just wrapped up their 25th season in franchise history. With the draft lottery behind them and the NHL Draft ahead, the Ducks and their fans are hoping that the next batch of draftees will develop into future pieces of a Stanley Cup winning team. In the Ducks’ 25-year history, there has been no more impactful draft than in 2003, the year they drafted Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the first round. In the spirit of looking forward to the future by looking to the past, let’s di...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Ducks, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Miller, Murray, Bryan Murray, Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf

Stars Should Re-Sign Zuccarello on Two Conditions

With the Dallas Stars’ first-round fate far from decided, Mats Zuccarello still hasn’t necessarily paid off as a trade-deadline acquisition. All anyone can say is it at least looks like a perfect fit for both parties. Looks can be deceiving, though. Stars Get Zuccarello However long the unrestricted-free-agent Zuccarello remains in the fold depends on a few factors. For example, how many playoff rounds the Stars stay alive and if the two sides are able to come to an agreement this summer...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Nashville, Hockey, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza, Mats Zuccarello, Jim Nill, UFA, Dave Sandford, Nill, Spezza, Dany Heatley, Zuccarello

Rookie Coaches Enjoying Playoff Chess Match

Rod Brind’Amour does not think what he is doing is anything special. Brind’Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at two games apiece. Along with Washington’s Todd Reirden and Jim Montgomery in Dallas, Brind’Amour is one of the rookie NHL coaches in the playoffs whose decisions are playing major roles in the first round. ...
Tags: Usa, Nbc, Washington, Sport, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Denver, Montgomery, New York Islanders, Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Raleigh, Washington Capitals

Devils’ Pending RFAs: Crucial Decisions to Be Made

The New Jersey Devils have more than a few players headed for restricted free agency this summer, with the most notable being Will Butcher and Pavel Zacha. The decision to re-sign them should be easy enough, but that won’t be the case for some of their other pending RFAs. Which players will general manager Ray Shero choose to re-sign? And which should he let go to unrestricted free agency? The Devils’ Biggest RFAs Pavel Zacha Zacha got off to a horrible start this season, with no po...
Tags: Usa, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Devils, Carrick, Davies, Jacob Trouba, Quenneville, Ben Lovejoy, Mueller

Senators Fans – Who Should You Cheer For?

Sadness has befallen the Ottawa Senators’ fan base again, as the Belleville Senators failed to make the AHL playoffs in the last regular season game. Now, almost all of the Senators players, signed and unsigned, are done for the summer. However, I don’t know about you, but I’m not done with hockey yet. During the last week, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have blown wide open. This is perfect for Senators fans, as you now can pick whoever you want to cheer for, granted that you are looking for ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Ap, Dallas, Nashville, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Long Island, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa, Dallas Stars, Ontario

Providence Bruins Overcome Challenging Season to Earn Playoff Berth

The Providence Bruins may not be roaring into the playoffs, but they did enough over the weekend to clinch a playoff spot. A 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday clinched a Calder Cup playoff berth with a game to spare. Providence was 5-5-0 down the stretch, but considering what the team has overcome, it’s tough to complain about the fourth and final Atlantic Division playoff spot. All Hands On Deck in Providence As the calendar year ended, the P-Bruins had found themse...
Tags: Europe, Sport, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Smith, Dallas Stars, Providence, Edmonton Oilers, Bruins, Oilers, Atlantic Division, Providence Bruins, Carey

Stars Even Series With Predators – Rinne Pulled After 4 Goals on 8 Shots

DALLAS — Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov scored power-play goals on Dallas’ first two shots, and the Stars chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with an early four-goal onslaught, beating the Predators 5-1 Wednesday night and evening the best-of-seven series at two games each. Hintz added his second career playoff goal in the second period, on John Kingberg’s third assist of the game. Ben Bishop stopped 34 shots. Bishop allowed a couple of soft goals in Game 3 in his home playoff debut wit...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Stars, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Bishop, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay, Mats Zuccarello, Ben Bishop, Roman Josi

Stars Desperately Need Something from Spezza

It’s no secret Jason Spezza is no longer the same player the Dallas Stars acquired from the Ottawa Senators years ago. After Spezza was healthy scratched for two of the first three games against the Nashville Predators in their first-round series, the Stars have little choice but to hope he has at least some player left in him. It barely matters who at this stage. They just need someone, anyone to stand up. Stars in Trouble There’s a saying that you’re not in trouble in the playoffs unti...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Stars, Hockey, Bishop, Montgomery, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza, Mats Zuccarello, Ben Bishop, Jamie Benn, John Klingberg, Ken Hitchcock, Ben Lovejoy

Predators’ 2018-19 Season Awards

The 2018-19 regular season has come and gone, and for the Nashville Predators, it was a successful season. Since the regular season is over, it’s time to look back and hand out some team-specific hardware. Introducing the Predators’ 2018-19 season awards. Most Valuable Player: Viktor Arvidsson While there are other candidates, there’s only one player worthy of being named Predators’ MVP, and that’s Viktor Arvidsson. Arvidsson totaled 34 goals and 48 points in 58 games, leading the team b...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Wayne Simmonds, Alex Ovechkin, Sergei Belski, Zac Rinaldo, Grimaldi, Nick Bonino, Bonino, Christopher Hanewinckel

Players to Watch at the World U-18 Championships

The IIHF World Under-18 Championships are right around the corner, with the festivities set to kick off on Thursday, April 19. Along with the pre-season Hlinka Gretzky Tournament, the U-18s provide the biggest platform for draft-eligible prospects to show their skill and compete against the very best their draft year has to offer. Team Finland, the defending champions from 2018, were dealt a big blow when prospective top-five pick Kaapo Kakko announced he would skip the tournament. Team USA,...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Canada, Finland, Hockey, NHL, York, Dallas Stars, University Of Michigan, Harley, Team USA, Boston College, Connor McDavid, Mississauga Steelheads, NHL Entry Draft, Ryan McLeod

Dirk Nowitzki pumps up crowd at Stars playoff game

Fresh off his retirement from the NBA, future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki attended Monday night's Dallas Stars playoff game against Nashville.In the final minute of the first period, the Dallas Mavericks legend was captured on the jumbotron and did his part to help get the crowd riled up. Nowitzki was decked out in a Stars cap and T-shirt while waving a Stars towel. Unfortunately, Nowitzki's presence couldn't help bring a win to Dallas, as the Predators beat the Stars 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead i...
Tags: Facebook, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Nba, Dallas, Nashville, Dallas Stars, Nowitzki, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael James, Famer Dirk Nowitzki

Predators Rally to Take 2-1 Series Lead Over the Stars

DALLAS — Mikael Granlund scored on a wrist shot from just inside the blue line with 8:19 left and the Nashville Predators, after blowing a two-goal lead, beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. Granlund, acquired in a trade with Minnesota in late February, got the puck from Dante Fabbro after Kyle Turris won a faceoff against Stars captain Jamie Benn. Rocco Grimaldi scored in his second game in a row for the Pre...
Tags: Minnesota, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Stars, Nba, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Nowitzki, Dirk Nowitzki, Nashville Predators, Tyler Seguin, Wayne Simmonds, P K Subban

Predators take 2-1 series lead over Stars with 3-2 victory

DALLAS (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored on a wrist shot from just inside the blue line with 8:19 left and the Nashville Predators, after blowing a two-goal lead, beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. Granlund, acquired in a trade with Minnesota […]
Tags: News, Minnesota, Sports, Ap, Dallas, Nashville, Dallas Stars, Mikael Granlund, Granlund

NHL News & Notes: Kadri, Vigneault, Simmonds & More

In today’s News & Notes, Nazem Kadri has been suspended, the Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their head coach, the Nashville Predators will be without Wayne Simmonds and Brian Boyle for a while and Joe Thornton will have a hearing for an illegal check to the head. Kadri Suspended for Remainder of the First Round The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Kadri for the remainder of the first round of the playoffs as the veteran forward has been suspended by the NHL for an i...
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Revisiting David Poile’s Draft – 2001

For the past few weeks, I’ve been diving into David Poile’s draft history as general manager of the Nashville Predators. Since he’s been the franchise’s only GM, he’s been at the helm for every draft since 1998. Beginning with that first draft, I’m working forward to the present, with this installment covering the 2001 Draft. For reference, here are the drafts I’ve covered so far: 1998: Franchise’s Inaugural Draft1999: Erat Leads to Forsberg2000: Scott Hartnell and Nothing Else The 2001 Dr...
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St. Louis Blues’ Mount Rushmore

Four of America’s most famous and influential Presidents are emblazoned in stone across the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The monument was finished in 1941, and ever since, it has stood as a memory of the great men that helped shape their country. Of course, it has also served as a platform for debate amongst sports fans everywhere, as they try to decide the four greatest players in their franchise’s history. That’s what we’ll be doing today: discussing the four greatest St. Louis ...
Tags: America, Atlanta, Sport, South Dakota, Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Hull, Calgary, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Bobby, Gordie Howe, Hart

Stars’ Benn Serves as Silver Lining of Game 2 Loss

Losing the way the Dallas Stars did in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Nashville Predators must sting. After all, they were a shot away from stealing the game and going back home up two games. Now facing a best-of-five series after the 2-1 overtime loss, they and their fans can at least take away a few positives from what is suddenly a less-than-ideal situation. The most notable of which is the goal by captain Jamie Benn. Benn Scores First in 10 Games Benn scored the game-...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Nashville, Hockey, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop, Jamie Benn, Benn, Guy Lafleur, Seguin, Jim Lites, Top Story, Lites, Miro Heiskanen

Stars’ Defense Revolves Around Rookie Heiskanen

Any other season, Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen would probably be the Calder Memorial Trophy favorite as the league’s top rookie. Unfortunately, it isn’t like most years and the 19-year-old standout on the Stars’ blue line may not even end up being a finalist. Heiskanen Gets First Star That’s obviously not a knock on the third-overall pick from two drafts ago. Whenever you score 33 points as a defenseman in the NHL, it’s noteworthy, doubly so if it’s in your first season. When y...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Stars, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Calder, Nashville Predators, Tyler Seguin, Vancouver Canucks, Dahlin, Sabres, St Louis Blues, Jordan Binnington, Calder Memorial Trophy