If Saturday afternoon is any indication, the Dallas Stars look like they’ll go into the playoffs on a high note … and possibly with a division title, as well.
The Stars won their fourth consecutive game in a possible preview of the 2016 Western Conference Final by beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. They’ve now taken seven of their last eight contests, and with this victory, Lindy Ruff has 700 wins as an NHL coach.
Los Angeles carried a 2-1 lead into the third period despite Dallas generating 30 shots on goal through the first 40 minutes. The Stars just wouldn’t be denied, however, and overwhelmed the Kings in the final frame.
Ruff is 5th head coach in NHL history to hit 700 career wins Bowman: 1244 Quenneville: 799^ Arbour: 782 Hitchcock: 754^ Ruff: 700^
This victory puts Dallas in an excellent position to take the Central Division title. The Stars have a four-point edge on the Blues for that top spot, with St. Louis holding a game in hand (four remaining to Dallas’ three).
Any combination of Stars points earned and Blues points lost totaling 4 would keep Blues from winning Central. Blues-Hawks very very likely
Hmm. Hopefully that means that the Lightning are merely erring on the side of caution, here.
With Stamkos out, it’s that much tougher for the Lightning to catch the Florida Panthers for the Atlantic Division title. There is one plus, however: “The Triplets” trio of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov are reunited in Stamkos’ absence.
The Colorado Avalanche are hurting in more ways than one following Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
However you feel about Tom Wilson‘s hit on Nikita Zadorov, it’s clear that it left Zadorov with an injury.
Patrick Roy confirmed that the young defenseman suffered a concussion from that thunderous check, which was not penalized. The Colorado Avalanche didn’t provide further details regarding how long Zadorov will be out because of that concussion.
The Avs only have four games left in the regular season. While they’re not technically eliminated, last night’s loss made it tough to imagine them playing beyond game 82 … so there’s a chance we might not see Zadorov again this season.
Was it worthy of a suspension or worse? Decide for yourself in the video above.
Fight videos: Sissons and Eaves brawl, Dumba vs. Shaw
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
As you can see in the video above, Jake Virtanen received a game misconduct for a late hit on Roman Polak. At the bottom of this post, you’ll note Logan Couture‘s first career hat trick.
The Globe & Mail doesn’t just archive unsealed emails between the likes of Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and Colin Campbell. They also made the archive searchable. Have fun … or maybe wait until after work before you go down that rabbit hole. (Globe & Mail)