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Zack Stortini, Tanner Glass

Tanner Glass recalled, will play tonight versus Isles

Tanner Glass is back up with the New York Rangers. He’ll play tonight in Brooklyn against the Islanders.

Recalled this morning from AHL Hartford, the 32-year-old winger will replace Emerson Etem, who’s “not feeling well,” according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Glass was sent to Hartford in October. He has two goals and three assists in 17 games for the Wolf Pack. He’s also a rather unseemly minus-11.

After learning of the call-up, Rangers fans could hardly contain their excitement:

Related: Glass ‘surprised’ to be sent to minors

Are the Stars contenders or pretenders?

Antti Niemi, Sean Monahan

The Dallas Stars may be 19-5-1, and they may lead the NHL in goal-scoring, but the way they defend is why there remain doubts that they’re a serious Stanley Cup contender.

Last night in Calgary, the Stars blew a 3-0 lead and lost 4-3 in overtime.

“We just stopped playing hockey,” captain Jamie Benn told the Dallas Morning News. “We knew they were a desperate hockey team, and it was a pretty embarrassing loss.”

It was the second time in a week that Benn had called his team’s performance “embarrassing.” He also said it after the Stars had been ventilated, 7-4, by Ottawa last Tuesday.

As mentioned, Dallas leads the NHL in offense, averaging 3.48 goals per game. Defensively, however, they rank 16th (2.60). For comparison’s sake, that’s slightly worse than Toronto (2.58) and tied with Buffalo.

Goals against of past six Stanley Cup champs
2014-15 Blackhawks (2nd, 2.27)
2013-14 Kings (1st, 2.05)
2012-13 Blackhawks (1st, 2.02)
2011-12 Kings (2nd, 2.07)
2010-11 Bruins (2nd, 2.30)
2009-10 Blackhawks (6th, 2.48)

Look, nobody’s saying it’s impossible to win the Cup with the Stars’ statistical makeup. The Penguins ranked 17th defensively in 2008-09. It can be done.

But the Pens were an anomaly in the past decade. The Red Wings finished first defensively in 07-08, the Ducks were third in 06-07, and the Hurricanes were third in 05-06.

It doesn’t seem to matter the sport. If you’re not great at defending, it’s a lot to harder to win championships. That’s just obvious, right? Even the Golden State Warriors — a team widely celebrated for the way it can pile up points — ranked first overall in defensive efficiency last season.

The Stars’ next game is tomorrow in Vancouver.

“Play a full 60 minutes,” Benn said when asked what they needed to do. “We’ve really got to learn our lesson.”

Related: Once again, Ruff calls out Stars for playing ‘pond hockey’

Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight

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The Vancouver Canucks got banged up last night in Anaheim. As a result, it looks like they’ll have an interesting lineup tonight in Los Angeles.

Coach Willie Desjardins confirmed this morning that wingers Chris Higgins and Jake Virtanen were hurt and wouldn’t dress against the Kings.

In game-day line rushes, AHL callup Andrey Pedan, a defenseman, was skating on the wing with Jared McCann and Radim Vrbata.

But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.

But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.

Confused? It’s OK. So is everyone.

As an aside, the Canucks not only got banged up last night, they also got pushed around and embarrassed in a 4-0 loss to the Ducks.

On that note, here’s what Pedan did to Jarred Tinordi in a Utica-Hamilton game last season:

Suter admits to ‘saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said’


For the Minnesota Wild, today was a day for damage control.

Try to act surprised, OK?

“We’re obviously on the same page,” defenseman Ryan Suter told the Star Tribune. “It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said.”

In case you missed it, what Suter said was that he shouldn’t be playing with a left-shot defenseman like Jonas Brodin.

“I don’t know what [the coaches are] thinking,” said Suter.

But in addition to that — and this was the really eye-opening stuff — Suter effectively questioned how head head coach Mike Yeo was reacting…

…to the latest bit of adversity the Wild were facing.

“Now’s when you need leadership more than ever,” said Suter. “It’s easy to be a coach and a leader when things are going good.”

The Star Tribune has more on what everyone was saying today, so be sure to click on the story.

Yeo, predictably, downplayed Suter’s remarks, chalking them up to a “guy that when you ask him to do something, he might tell you his opinions, but nobody will go out there and do it better than him.”

The Wild take on the Blackhawks tonight at United Center (on NBCSN).

Oh, and Suter will, indeed, skate with Brodin against the defending champs. Those two have only been together a bit this season, but they were a frequent pairing last season.

Expected pairings (shoots)
Ryan Suter (L) – Jonas Brodin (L)
Marco Scandella (L) – Jared Spurgeon (R)
Nate Prosser (R) – Matt Dumba (R)

P.S. — This is why the Wild were hoping for better things from young Dumba.

More injury trouble for the Rangers — Klein out 2-3 weeks

Kevin Klein, Gustav Nyquist

As if losing Derek Stepan wasn’t going to be hard enough, the New York Rangers will also be without defenseman Kevin Klein for the next little while.

Klein has a “strained oblique,” the club announced today. The 30-year-old suffered the injury early in yesterday’s 4-3 win over Carolina. He’ll be out 2-3 weeks.

Klein, a right shot, has spent time paired with Marc Staal, Keith Yandle and Ryan McDonagh this season. The way Dan Girardi and Dan Boyle have struggled (see: here and here) on the right side, you could make the argument that Klein was the last defenseman they could afford to lose. (You may not win the argument, but you could sure make it.)

With Klein out, Dylan McIlrath will get back into the lineup tomorrow in Brooklyn.

Currently, the Rangers have just six healthy defenseman on their roster.