Ruff’s 2 Goalie System Still a “Go”

This is a guest post by Annie Devine The Dallas Stars have been put under the microscope for their tandem goalie team more often than not. Outsiders have claimed the only way to win a playoff series is with one consistent goaltender in the net. Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff and his team have faced the media time and time again standing by their two goalie system. Having two...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 hours ago

3 Stars of the Night: May 4

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrrr! Who doesn’t love playoff hockey right? This is what we wait all season for, this is why most of us became fans of the game, as the postseason captivates us year after year after year. My personal favorite part is the dying minutes of a one-goal game when everything is a scramble, bodies are diving everywhere, pucks are zipping...
Via The Hockey Writers
12 hours ago

Heika: Hitchcock vs. Ruff is a battle of strategies; how game pressure is affecting Stars' coaching decisions

Mike Heika recently held a chat to talk all things Dallas Stars. Here are some highlights:Question: Is Lindy going to mix up the lines? Hitch used the last change wonderfully last night, and abused the Stars with the right matchups. Expecting different results may put you in a 3-1 hole.Heika: It's a battle of strategies. Hitch loves to line match and believes that is how to get the...
Via SportsDay
12 hours ago

Blues to make donation to support victims of Alberta wildfires; Fiddler has relatives that live in that area

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues on Thursday will donate proceeds from their 50/50 raffle and from a silent auction to support victims of wildfires that are ravaging Fort McMurray, Alberta.Blues forward Scottie Upshall is from Fort McMurry, and Stars forward Vernon Fiddler has relatives there. Both said their families are safe. The fires have destroyed more than 1,600 homes, and have displaced...
Via SportsDay
17 hours ago

Ruff: Lehtonen, Niemi bought into Stars' goalie strategy 'and it's led us to this point'

ST. LOUIS -- The Stars have used Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi almost equally this season. And while coach Lindy Ruff won't announce his goalie selection before games, there are trends that allow you to make predictions.Both goalies practiced Wednesday, but Lehtonen came off the ice after about a half hour. That generally means he's starting the next game. Niemi and third goalie...
Via SportsDay
17 hours ago

Stars regroup heading into pivotal Game 4 against Blues

It's not clear which goalie will start for the Dallas Stars in a pivotal Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series.It's also not clear if it will matter the way the St. Louis Blues are playing.The Blues have been tough to handle for Antii Niemi and Kari Lehtonen, and one of those players will be in the crosshairs Thursday night in St. Louis.The Blues took a 2-1 series lead...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Faksa has goal and assist, Stars beat Blues 2-1 in Game 1

DALLAS (AP) Radek Faksa scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 4:44 to play and had an assist on the other Dallas goal to help the Stars open the second round of the Western Conference playoffs with a 2-1 victiry over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Like Antoine Roussel did on his second-period goal on which Faksa had an assist, Faksa started the rush that led to his...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues: preview and prediction

It may only be round two, but it is round three for coaches Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock as this time it is a little bit of a role reversal. The first playoff meeting for the coaches saw Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Lindy Ruff coached Buffalo Sabres in 1999. Ruff would get his revenge in the first round of the 2006 playoffs when his...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Alexander Steen’s deep analysis of the Dallas Stars’ netminders

The Dallas Stars are a team with a decision to make when it comes to who starts in goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second round. After deploying both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi throughout the 2015-16 regular season, the team has given Lehtonen the majority of the work in the playoffs (four out of six starts) with positive results (3-1 record). Still, Niemi has remained...
Via Frozen Notes
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

VitalsDallas: 50-23-9 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1St. Louis: 49-24-9 regular season, 4-3-0 in seven games played in Round 1Season SeriesSt. Louis won four in the five-game regular-season series, including two victories in overtime and one in the shootout.Playoff HistoryDallas and St. Louis last met in the second round of the playoffs in 2001. The Blues completed...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Survive and advance

It took a third period that lasted eight years for the Stars, but they are on to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008. Through two periods in St. Paul the Dallas Stars held what felt like an insurmountable 4-0 lead, then the Wild flipped a switch. Antoine Roussel took an offensive zone penalty and the Wild capitalized 3:48 into the third. Just...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Games 1-5 quick recap

It took until game 5 but the Dallas Stars top line defense made their 2016 playoff debut. The Dallas Stars had the opportunity to wrap up their first round series against the Minnesota Wild in game 5 at home on Friday. The Stars failed to do so falling to the Wild 5-4 in overtime and forcing a game 6 Sunday afternoon in St. Paul. The Stars had no trouble taking care of business in...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas center Seguin out for Game 5 vs. Wild

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars will again be without All-Star center Tyler Seguin for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Minnesota.Seguin played Game 2 on Saturday after missing a month because of a slight cut of his left Achilles tendon. But he missed Games 3 and 4 in Minnesota and coach Lindy Ruff said he won't play Friday night when the Stars can wrap up the series...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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