While we’re on a roll talking about the All-Star Game here, with all the injuries that have come down, it’s good to see that we’re at least seeing some headway being made into seeing how the rosters will be filled out via injury replacements. Today, Minnesota’s Martin Havlat was chosen to head to Raleigh this weekend to take part in the All-Star Game to take the place of any number of injured forwards.
Havlat joins Daniel Briere as injury replacement for the game that sees Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Ales Hemsky out with differing ailments. Briere took the place of Jarome Iginla who is missing the game to be with his sick grandmother.
Havlat will team up with or play against Wild teammate defenseman Brent Burns in the game. It’s the first time since the All-Star Game was held in Minnesota in 2004 that two Wild players will participate in the game. Havlat has 13 goals and 30 assists this season and leads the Wild in scoring. Havlat was in the 2007 All-Star Game and scored two goals and an assist. His offensive game is ideal for what the game is all about. Look for him to be a sneaky star of the game.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.