Good night hockey. The Dallas Stars and Texas Stars both went down early in their must-win games, only to come back to win.
The Texas win over the Manitoba moose was less dramatic, but it was more significant. It was a win and inside, and behind Matt Murray’s pickup in the net late in the season, the stars managed to snatch the score 4-2. Ben Gleeson had a goal and assist in a Texas Stars record for most points by a defender – don’t ask, I might have to bring in Julius Hunca.
You’ve already seen two Dallas Stars synopsis, so I guess you know what happened. One simple note – when the pressure was on, Rick Bowness went right back into his comfort lines. Jimmy Benn Tyler Seguin Denis Guryanov, with Vladislav Namestnikov taking the right wing once it became clear the team needed to defend.
Michael Raffl-Radek Faksa-Luke Glendenning is back, just as you know, leaving Gurianov, Joel Kiviranta and Fredrik Karlstrom on the bench below the extension.
We won’t know the lines until very close to match time, but there will likely be a little bit of back-to-back mixing. This is an educated guess paired with what I might do.
Dallas Stars Collection
Jason Robertson (21) – Rob Hintz (24) – Joe Pavlesky (16)
Jimmy Benn (14) – Tyler Seguin (91) – Denis Jovianov (34)
Joel Kiviranta (25) – Radek Hatchah (12) – Marian Studenik (43)
Michael Ravel (18) – Luke Glendenning (11) – Alexander Radulov (47)
Ryan Sutter (20) – Miro Heskanen (4)
Issa Lindell (23) – John Klingberg (3)
Thomas Harley (55) – Jani Hakanba (2)
Scott Wedgwood (41)
Jake Ettinger (29)
Arizona Coyotes Lined up
Nick Schmaltz (8) – Barrett Hayton (29) – Travis Boyd (72)
Michael Carconi (53) – Nathan Smith (13) – Phil Kessel (81)
Antoine Roussel (26) – Jack McBain (22) – Louis Erickson (21)
Liam O’Brien (38) Alex Galchenyuk (17) Jan Jennick (73)
Shane Justbespierre (14) – Anton Strallman (86)
Kyle Capobianco (75) – Janice Mosier (62)
Cam Dinen (54) – Victor Sodström (77)
Harry Satri (30)
Karel Vimelka (70)
Arizona sent Bokondji Imama to the press box, but his story is great, having spent his time in both the ECHL and AHL for five plus seasons. He was rewarded with a call-up late in the season, and scored his first goal in the National Hockey League against the St. Louis Blues. I leave it, because it is good for everyone to see the goals scored against Jordan Bennington.
It would also be interesting to see former stars Russell and Ericsson on the same line. It looks like Arizona will put Satire in the net, tempting the fate of the Dallas Stars against a journeyman, wire-picking.
Do not tempt fate. Wolves have nothing to lose and will play loosely. Don’t give a team hope by underestimating their will to win.
Objectives. Sure, you need them to win, but the stars were on a little dry run, even for them. Gain a little bit of confidence in attacking in the playoffs.
roll lines. The bench was clipped in the back half of a Golden Knights game. The team doesn’t necessarily have to rest the players, but this is the second back-to-back game, so turning the fourth line into two-digit minutes wouldn’t be a bad thing.