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Why the Dallas Stars WON’T Make the Playoffs



Daniel takes his controversial stand and gets shouted down by Taylor and Dylan. Who are the Dallas Stars? What does their future hold? Are they playoff bound? On this episode of Skate in the Crease, we argue about the future of the Dallas Stars (and bemoan the state of the Detroit Red Wings as well).

Big Hits Are Short-Term Fun But Damage the Game

We discuss the recent controversial hits by the Stars own Greg Pateryn and the player hated by everyone (except Bruins fans): Brad Marchand. With the NFL’s CTE controversy, we talk about wanting the NHL to take a more proactive goal in preventing player injury by discouraging these kind of big hits.

Video of the Hits:

Shaw’s hit on Pateryn.

Marchand’s hit on Duclair.

Ron Francis is Out

We cover the recent firing of the Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis and the interesting take their new owner Tom Dundon (we, uh, called him Mike a few times) has on managing a hockey franchise. We’re hoping he kills their Darling (buy out that contract!)

The Big Rant: “The Stars won’t make the Playoffs”

Daniel feels very strongly that we’re not seeing a system or coaching failure. He believes we’re seeing players using creativity and novelty and then failing to deliver goals (y’know, the way you actually win the game). Backed up by an armful of stats, he argues his cause.

We’ll be back next week with more hot-takes, rants, and analysis.