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Passing the Test

Earlier this summer, I highlighted that the first two games of the Dallas Stars' season would be one of the toughest tests. A tough win, and a tough loss. By my indication, they made a statement and passed the test.

In the first game, Kari Lehtonen tended the nets and played out of his mind to the tune of a 2-1 victory. He made 26 saves on 27 shots, and the only Chicago goal came with less than a minute to play. He made several key stops to keep the Stars in it. Two of them came in succession against one Marian Hossa as he got his own rebound.

Some of the new guys factored in on the new game plan, which is aggressively defensive. Michael Ryder had three shots, and third-li...

Hawks Thoughts - Season Opener vs Stars

 

I didn't realize that CSNChicago's Blackhawks column by Tracey Myers and Chris Boden was titled "Hawk Talk," so I had to change my blog title to "Hawks Thoughts." Let me know if you have any other suggestions as I'm not crazy about it at the moment.

Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks lost a grind-it-out battle against the Colorado Avalanche in OT from Paul Stastny's game winning goal in their season opener in Colorado. This year, the Blackhawks hope to avoid a similar fate tonight when they face off against Mike RiBeiro and the Dallas Stars.

 

Notable starters for the Blackhawks who ...

Western Conference Predictions

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Before the season begins, i thought I'd take a stab at predicting where each team will fall in the 2011-12 season. So, without further ado:

 

Vancouver Canucks – They might have a slow start coming out of the gate, as two of their top six players in Kesler and Raymond are out to start the season, but this is still a darn good hockey team. The Canucks will be icing basically the same roster as they did last season, minus Christian Ehrhoff, and I do not see any reason why they won&#...

A Real Star

He was the first overall selection by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988.  He was the face of two franchises.  He was a playoff performer.  A complete player, and a class act.

Most importantly, he is the greatest American scorer in NHL history.

These are just a few accolades that can be used to describe Mike Modano.  One could argue that Modano’s entrance into the NHL started a revolution in attitudes towards hockey in the United States. 

The Livonia, Michigan native gained notoriety by becoming the second American player taken first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.  Modano replaced draft bust Brian La...

Hockey's Back: Someone Send the Memo to the Habs


Hockey has finally returned! For the first time in months, the Montreal Canadiens took the Bell Centre ice last night, taking on the Dallas Stars in the first game of the pre-season.

Unfortunately, it seemed as if someone didn't give the Habs the memo, who found themselves on the receiving end of a 6-3 loss at the hands the Stars, led by former Habs Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro.

The Canadiens had an especially tough start, going down 0-3 to Dallas in less than ten minutes, and 0-4 by the second period, with Carey Price between the pipes. The Canadiens would rally with three goals of th...

Uphill Climb

For those of you who haven't looked at the Dallas Stars' schedule, the beginning of the season is approaching soon.  Thing is, it's going to be a tough start for the new-look team.

The 2011-12 season begins within the confines of the American Airlines Center, but against the team that The Hockey News picked as the Western Conference finalist--the Chicago Blackhawks.  Not only one game against the Hawks.  Two.  October 7 and 8, prepare yourself for a home-and-home with one of the strongest teams in the entire National Hockey League. 

Not all is lost.  Last season, the Stars romped over not just the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Central Di...

San Jose's Most Wanted

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Public Enemy #1: Corey Perry

 

I'm sure I'm not alone here when I say that Corey Perry is my least favorite player in the NHL. Perry is the kind of player who plays dirty and never has to stick up for himself; he has George Parros to do that for him. You might think I would hate Parros more, but it's his job to fight. It's Perry's combination of skill and dirtiness that makes you hate him.

 

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Top 10 must-see games on the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks schedule

As the days march on towards Opening Night, and the bulk of trades and free agency acquisitions have been completed; the Draft and prospect camps are over; and the opening of Training Camps are still a few weeks away; as the weeks left until the new season drop into the single digits, there's one date circled on every fan's calendar to make it through the August doldrums: the date that their team's tickets go on sale. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of exciting matchups to choose from this year.

Five years ago, getting 14,000 fans in the seats at the United Center would've been considered a special night. Now, after three h...

New Organizational Direction Taking Hold

Part of the problem with last year's unfortunate playoff miss had to deal with the Dallas Stars' lack of tenacity.  Before the Stars' final stretch of games that ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Wild, the team could not win tough, physical, playoff-type games.

Jamie Benn and Stephane Robidas reflect after the loss to Minnesota
PHOTO CREDIT: AP

In the aftermath of that loss, there is a new trend emerging with the Stars' recent moves in the offseason.

Some of the latest additions to the Stars through free agency and the draft may go a bit under the radar for now. &nbs...

Dvorak Adds Needed Veteran Presence

New Dallas Stars forward Radek Dvorak is not the same hockey player he used to be.  

PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The veteran Czech enters his 16th NHL season as a reliable utility player, and now an asset of the Dallas Stars for the upcoming season.  The former Panther, Oiler, Ranger, Blue and Thrasher has gone through all sorts of team types.  Winning teams, losing teams, teams that made the playoffs, teams that didn't even come close.

The now young Dallas Stars team will come to love that veteran experience.  The former first round pick of the Florida Panthers in 1995 has had an...