Dallas Stars

Goalie nods: Sens go back to the Hamburglar

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Anderson sits, Hammond starts

After saying Craig Anderson gave his team the best chance to win prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Boston, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron flipped the script by announcing Andrew Hammond, not Anderson, would get the start for tonight’s tilt against Montreal.

Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — returns to the net after a two-game hiatus, looking to build on his eye-popping numbers: 7-0-1 record, .954 save percentage, 1.43 GAA and two shutouts in nine appearances. His return also comes at a crucial time for Ottawa, as the Sens blew a golden opportunity on Tuesday to close the gap on Boston’s lead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase; they head into tonight’s action seven points back of the B’s, albeit with a game in hand.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Bolts at Bruins: Ben Bishop vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Oilers at Pens: Ben Scrivens vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin

Jets at Panthers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Dan Ellis

Jackets at Wings: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jimmy Howard

Flyers at Blues: Steve Mason vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Avs: Cory Schneider vs. Semyon Varlamov (probable)

Kings at Canucks: No confirmed starters for either team.

Blackhawks at Coyotes: Corey Crawford vs. Mike Smith

Preds at Sharks: (No starter for Nashville yet) vs. Antti Niemi

Report: Stars bringing Swedish d-man prospect to North America

Ludwig Bystrom, Dallas’ second-round pick (43rd overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is reportedly coming over from the Swedish League and will play with the Stars’ AHL affiliate in Texas, according to Sweden’s Varmlands Folkblad.

Bystrom, 20, spent this season with Farjestads and is one of Dallas’ brighter young prospects. He’s a former SHL All-Star and part of the Stars’ young group of Swedish and Finnish blueline projects, along with the likes of Patrick Nemeth, Jyrki Jokipakka and John Klingberg.

It’s entirely possible we see Bystrom at the NHL level this year. The Stars are all but out of playoff contention and could make a move to the future by giving some AHL Texas players a look — this year, the club has already recalled both Jokipakka and Klingberg, the latter becoming one of the NHL’s top rookie scorers among defensemen.

Stars’ Eakin might sit again after healthy scratch (disciplinary) versus Flyers

On a day where Nazem Kadri’s two-game banishment made headlines, another disciplinary issue flew under the radar — Dallas forward Cody Eakin, who was healthy scratched in Philly yesterday for what the club called a “team discipline decision.”

It was a quiet development, to say the least. The scratch barely registered a blip on the radar and, following the game, head coach Lindy Ruff didn’t offer any comment or explanation regarding what led to his decision.

On Wednesday, though, Stars Inside Edge reported the punishment might extend to Thursday’s game in Carolina:

Nobody’s quite sure what to make of this situation. Eakin has been a lineup fixture since coming over from Washington three years ago, and the healthy scratch versus Philly marked just the fifth game he’s missed during his time as a Star.

As for his ice time… well, it’s been all over the place lately. Eakin received over 20 minutes in a 4-3 shootout win over Florida last week but, two games prior, was held to one of his lowest totals of the year — just 14:31 — in a 3-1 loss to Anaheim.

Still only 23 years old, Eakin sits tied for fifth on the team in goals (with 15) and seventh in points, with 30.

With playing career in limbo, Peverley ponders management or coaching roles

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Retiring is rarely easy for professional hockey players, especially when they’re just 32 like Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley.

It’s unclear what lies ahead as far as Peverley’s on-ice options go a year removed from a scary “cardiac emergency,” but as this Puck Daddy story illustrates, he’s getting a taste of the management and coaching sides of the sport.

He already seems to be making a difference as a mentor with his team’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

“It’s great to have him out on the ice,” Texas Stars center Taylor Peters said. “He has such a wealth of knowledge from playing in the league. He knows what the guys are going through and I think he really has an eye for coaching.”

Like most people involved in the situation, Stars GM Jim Nill doesn’t seem to know what is in store for Peverley. Even so, Nill mentions that he’s conversed with the forward about staying involved with the sport whenever it’s time for him to hang up the skates.

To read more about this situation, click here.

Knee ‘definitely not anywhere near 100 percent,’ says Seguin

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Tyler Seguin will play his second game tonight after missing three weeks with a knee injury.

In his first game back, Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay, Seguin scored a pair of goals — impressive, especially given where he’s at in terms of recovery.

“It’s definitely not anywhere near 100 percent,” Seguin said prior to Tuesday’s tilt versus the Flyers, per NHL.com. “But you do what you can. … It’s pretty much do or die every night.”

Dallas heads into tonight’s contest all but out of playoff contention, sitting 10 points back of Winnipeg for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. While the Stars are still mathematically alive, they’d need to go on some kind of insane winning streak to really get back in the mix, and that could prove difficult given they play six of their next 10 on the road, and three of their four home dates are against top-flight teams in St. Louis, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Despite that, Seguin said he wanted to return to the team as quickly as possible — even if he’s not fully recovered from a MCL sprain following a low hit from Panthers d-man Dmitry Kulikov.

“I think a lot of guys at this point in the year in the league are playing through stuff; mine is just a little bit more publicly known, you can see it [knee brace],” he explained. “Try to do what you can to help the team.

“I think I can be more helpful in the lineup at 60, 70 percent than sitting in the stands not playing at all.”