Would the Dallas Stars benefit from missing a full season? (Defending Big D)
Avoiding – or at least putting off – another lockout is a good reason for fans to root for a long CBA, but it might not be good for the sides most directly affected. Particularly the players. (mc79hockey)
One way or another, Detroit Red Wings members admit they at least enjoy having (some of) the holidays off. (Detroit Free Press)
A retrospective on the New Jersey Devils offseason, even if it’s technically ongoing. (In Lou We Trust)
David Backes’ take on the communication breakdown. (STLtoday)
This old Sports Illustrated profile of Donald Fehr might be illuminating. (SI via Adrian Dater)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.