The beauty of freelance writing is that I can try different tactics throughout the season to see which one works the best for me and for you. I started the season writing after every game and as much as I wanted to keep that going, I am only human and do have a “Job Job”. That being said, for now, I am going to try and toss out a week in review style article to catch you up on all things Stars hockey. Also, if you are reading this in Turkey, tell me who hacked our Twitter, because The Morning Skate is coming for you, and hell is coming with us.
Stars Split Away Games in Columbus
Stars killer Patrik Laine took the ice for his first game as a Blue Jacket last Tuesday and matched the reverse retro Columbus jerseys perfectly. Both are ugly. Downright nightmare fuel. The Stars did the unthinkable and defeated the Blue Jackets 6-3 in regulation, seemingly breaking their curse against a team that they have had fits with for nearly a decade. Thursday would see the curse return as Laine did what Laine does best and caused issues for the Stars. (It was off a fluke goal in my opinion but a goal is a goal as Jason Robertson would find out later in the week. Butt goal baby.) The Stars would split the two game series with the Blue Jackets one and one after taking the loss on Thursday, 3-4.
Sunday Scaries: Bandwagon comes to Town
The Chicago Blackhawks came to town, and the Blackhawk “Fans” followed suit. The Stars once again would don their blackout apparel to welcome the rebuilding team from the mid-west. In what felt like a story of three different teams in each period, the lone goal would come off the tush of Stars rookie Jason Robertson. Hell of a way to snag your first NHL goal. Butt goal. (Mark Sanchez’ ears are perked up right now realizing you can use your butt to score points in a professional league.)
The real story of the afternoon came in the second period as team captain Jamie Benn took exception for the treatment of his sweet baby protege Ty Dellandrea. (Fun fact, Benn announced Dellandrea’s name at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft held in Dallas.) Coming off a faceoff early in the second period, Benn cordailly invited Blackhawks numb skull Nikita Zadorov to a gentlemen’s tussle. Violence ensued thanks to multiple wicked lefts by Benn. That being said, the team from the mid-west would seal the win in OT and take away the extra point, 1-2.
Stars Updates and Call to Arms
- Anton Khudobin was a healthy scratch on Sunday. Head Coach Rick Bowness made the decision after Dobby showed up late to a mandatory skate. “I have very few rules, but you damn sure better follow them.” Bowness would comment on the situation. As of now, we wait to see if Dobby is re-inserted into the line-up for Tuesday nights tilt against Chicago.
- In Dobby’s absence, rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger shined bright like a diamond in his start against the Blackhawks making 33 saves. At any given moment, Otter was the best player on the ice on Sunday’s afternoon match.
- Joel Kiviranta to make his return soon. He is skating again and was a game-time decision on Sunday. It would not be surprising to see the Finnish phenom return to the line-up in the coming days.
- Alexander Radulov was another game-time decision on Sunday and did not dress. As it stands he is day-to-day with a lower body injury. (Rad’s absence was noticeable on Sunday as the Stars missed the spark he brings in overtime.)
Before we wrap this one up with a sweet little bow, The Morning Skate needs you more than ever. Our fearless leaders informed us of a Twitter hack and as it stands on this early Monday morning, the thirty three thousand followers the team worked tirelessly to gather are lost. Everyone is working their asses off to figure out if there is a way to get them back. In the meantime I ask that you hop on Twitter, follow us once more on our new Twitter @Morning_Skate. It would mean the world to me and all of us that love to bring you the best and most genuine coverage possible for the entire sport of hockey.
For the hacker. Watch your back. Revenge is sweet.
KED DISCLAIMER: I hate to be that guy but recently our Twitter was hacked and we lost 33k hockey fan followers. If you have Twitter, please head over to our account and shoot us a follow. It’s time to grow our community again, from the ground up.