Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dallas Stars vs. San Jose Sharks Game Preview

March 5 2011

9:30 p.m. Saturday; Ch. 21, KTCK-AM (1310)

Game 65 for Dallas Stars; Game 66 for the San Jose Sharks

Dallas Stars: 34-23-7 for 75  points

San Jose Sharks: 38-21-6 for 82 points

Last 10 -- Dallas 4-5-2; San Jose 8-2-0

Goalie Matchup:

Dallas Stars: Lehtonen: 26-18-7, 2.62, .915

San Jose Sharks: Niemi: 25-15-3, 2.37, .920

Season series -- The Stars are 2-0-1 against the Sharks this season and 6-2-1 in the last two seasons. … San Jose leads the NHL in shots on goal per game (34.0) and shot differential (plus-5.5)…The Stars are 7-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs this season and 3-6-0 in the second game.

Key stat: 8: The Sharks have won eight straight games and have the NHL’s best record (17-2-1) since Jan. 15.

Injury report: Brad Richards (Concussion Like Symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (Hip) are out for Dallas;  D Dan Boyle (upper body) is questionable. G Antero Niittymaki (groin), C Scott Nichol (upper body) and D Kent Huskins (upper body) are out for San Jose.

(Dallas Stars lead the series 2-0-1 against the San Jose Sharks)

THU DEC 16, 2010   

THU NOV 18, 2010   

MON DEC 13, 2010   

Tonight's game should be interesting as both teams are fighting for their playoff lives in this tight race in the Western Conference. Dallas will be looking for revenge after their 4-3 Overtime loss against the Anaheim Ducks and try to win against one of the hottest teams in the Pacific Division, the San Jose Sharks


Friday, March 4, 2011

Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks preview

March 4, 2011

Game 64 for Dallas Stars; Game 65 for Anaheim Ducks

Dallas Stars: 34-23-6 for 74 points

Anaheim Ducks: 34-25-5 for 73 points

Link for the Competitor side:

Last 10 -- Dallas 4-5-1; Anaheim 5-4-1.

Season series -- Anaheim has taken two of three from Dallas this season, but the Stars won their most recent meeting, a 2-1 win at American Airlines Center on Nov. 16. This will be the fourth meeting between Anaheim and Dallas

Injury report: Brad Richards (Concussion Like Symptoms) and Nicklas Grossman (Hip) are out for Dallas; Jonas Hiller (Vertigo) and Saku Koivu (Groin) are out for Anaheim

Series and Stats:

(Anaheim leads the series 3-2 over Dallas)

Nov 16, 2010
DAL, 2 - 1

Nov 12, 2010
ANA, 4 - 2

Oct 26, 2010
ANA, 5 - 2

Ellis is 5-4-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average in his career against the Stars, while Lehtonen is 2-4-0 with a 3.04 GAA in six lifetime tests against Anaheim

Friday 3/4 at Anaheim (Channels for the Games)
Time Warner Ch. 960 
Charter Communications Ch. 300 
DirecTV Ch. 677 (677-1 HD) 
Dish Network Ch. 451 
AT&T U-Verse Ch. 756 
Verizon Fios Ch. 77 (HD 577)

Links for the Stats|DAL|home

Goalie Matchup:

Kari Lehtonen: 26-18-6 record

Dan Ellis: 15-7-7 record

Tonight's game should be interesting as both teams are fighting for their playoff lives in this tight race in the Western Conference.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dallas Stars-Stephane Robidas is an underated defenseman

If you look around the NHL, you see so many superstars like Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Chris Pronger, Markus Naslund and many other players who get the most recognition for getting big goals and delivering hits but you do not see the names like Stephane Robidas of the Dallas Stars for example on that list. From my understanding, he is the most underrated  defenseman who needs to get the recognition like these big superstars in the NHL who earn millions of dollars.

You want to know why I pick Stephane Robidas is because of a report from the Seattle Post-Intelligence, “Stephane Robidas was Dallas' best all-around  defense man without Zubov in the lineup, playing in 82 games and posting 26 points (9g, 17a) while averaging nearly 21 minutes of ice time per night. Robidas picked up his game in the postseason as well, recording three goals and eight assists in the playoffs.”1 He is one of the most underrated defense man in the NHL and this guy can produce points. He also helped out the rookie  defense man on the Stars organize. He is a valuable player just like Morrow.

He is also the perfect example of never knowing a person's potential until you put them in the most challenging situation. Robidas was asked to be the Stars' No. 1 defense man in the playoffs last season -- and he came through with flying colors. He was fantastic defensively, showing enough speed and quickness to defend skilled players and enough physical strength to defend against guys who wanted to go to the net. In addition, he ran the power play to perfection when he was in charge. 2

Can he be that leader again for the Dallas Stars? Yes he can. Can he produce the points he did last year? I believe he can. Did you know he was the one who assisted on Brenden Morrow’s goal that help lead the Stars into the Western Conference Finals?

His teammates, who appreciate him for so much more than just his offense, were happy to see Robidas get the spotlight for his impressive contributions.

“There’s not too many players on teams that does as much as he does and he probably gets taken for granted,” goaltender Marty Turco said. “When you talk about injuries to two All-Star defense men, and for the minutes he’s logged, for the position that he’s put himself in, it’s quite notable. It’s not amazing to us how hard he’s worked, how dedicated he is, and he means the world to this team. He’s just one of those heart-and-soul players that doesn’t come around too often. That first playoff goal, that was absolutely huge.

“Stephane’s a warrior, there’s no other word for it,” added Grossman, who is usually paired with Robidas. “He lays it on the line every night. That’s why it’s so fun to play with him, because you know he’s going in 110 percent every night. I think it’s great for him to be rewarded. It’s hard work behind it, but finally, a goal and an assist, he had a huge impact on this game today. I think it’s huge, it all starts with hard work and it’s good to see a guy like that have a game like this.”3

So if anyone sees a player like Stephane Robidas who is a warrior inside and out, then you might want to rethink of calling him underrated. He is proving to everyone that even little defense man like him can make into the NHL.

These are the resources I used for my article:




Dallas Stars: Brenden Morrow looking to prove to he can lead to a championship

by Melissa Grissom

morrow_fistingBrenden Morrow is an amazing leader for the Dallas Stars and it’s no wonder that former GM, Doug Armstrong named Brenden Morrow captain of the Stars. He is consider a quality player that goes out every night as Armstrong once said, “he exemplifies what we want our opponents to view the Dallas to be.” He never quits and is the kind of leader that most players look up to and many teams that have a hard time finding a weakness in. He is the type of guy who brings heart and passion to the Stars that need it and the dedication to win a Stanley Cup. He refuses to give up and will play in pain in order to win championship over personal goals. He plays with his heart, leads by example and never quits when the challenges are hard.

Morrow, however, gives the Stars grit. He's 5-11, 205 pounds with average speed. Morrow rarely makes spectacular plays, but he brings substance and determination. He understands that he must sacrifice his body to get close enough to the net to score because he doesn't have the skills to make an end-to-end rush. Morrow, 29, is elevating his play. He has added scoring and passing to a game built around physical play and intensity – and he is turning heads across the league.

Morrow has always been an impressive player. He got the "C", and stepped up even more. He's gritty, not afraid to get a little dirty, and one of the most impressive leaders I can think of. He leads by example. I don't know what he says in the locker room, but he's a captain that will give 195% night after night, and expect his teammates to do the same. He's not a franchise player just because he's the captain - he's a franchise player because without his presence, the team would suffer.

Morrow is the one player that many young kids look up to and want to be. I mean look at him during the 2008 playoffs…he played better than Pronger in the first round against the Ducks, played better than Thornton in the second round against the Red Wings and played through pain of a bad groin and a partial tear in his left shoulder in the third round against the Red Wings. He has grown into a player that many us knew he was going to be. Personally, I believe he should be compared to Steve Yzerman, the former captain of the Detroit Red Wings.

The video below was during the magical run of the 2008 playoff run that eventually bowed out to the Detroit Red Wings. This video was the game that Brenden Morrow scored his game winning goal against the San Jose Sharks during game 6, that went into the 4th overtime.

Brenden Morrow’s Goal in 4th Overtime against the San Jose Sharks.

Remember that series against the Colorado Avalanche in the 2006 playoffs in the first round when he took a bad penalty and eventual lost against the Avalanche in 5 games. That series helped Morrow emerged into a leader as he did something that many players would not do. He demonstrated his leadership away from the ice as he took the heat. In a world where it seems easier to make the decision to run and hide when circumstances around us don't go our way, he held himself accountable by waiting for the media to come in the locker room. Fighting tears back that were nearly on their way to his cheeks, he answered tough question after tough question and continued to do it with class, integrity and conviction. Sure, fans and the coaching staff were upset by the penalty, but they should never be upset with how he handles himself following mistakes.

Or when the Stars played against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2007 playoffs in the first round, Morrow publicly challenged his teammates, saying too many of them refused to sacrifice their bodies and go to the tough areas of the ice to get the puck or score a goal. Then he scored a power play goal in overtime on a deflected shot to beat Vancouver, 1-0, and extend the series. The Stars lost the series in seven games, but Morrow proved he wasn't afraid to embrace the moment and handle the pressure that accompanies the playoffs. That is what type of player Morrow is and that’s why he is the captain of the Dallas Stars because not only does he want.

Brenden Morrow is an amazing leader with an amazing ability to lead and step up at the right time. He is the Dallas Stars’ heart and soul and he has been proving that he is a top quality player. One day he’ll lead his mighty Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup.