Ain’t Life Grand
Texas Stars Win Opener – The Texas Stars won their season opener Friday night 3-1 over Grand Rapids. Landon Bow made 24 saves in the win; Colton Point will likely make his AHL debut tonight.
Let Freedom Ring
#FreeHonka Fail – Early indications are defenseman Julius Honka will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.
I Got Issues, You Got Them Too
Nichushkin, Johns Still Hurt – The injury bug is still biting as Val Nichushkin is a game-time decision tomorrow while Stephen Johns remains on IR with no timetable for his return. The Johns injury is getting scarier by the day as he continues to deal with recurring headaches.
A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
Coach Monty Process Update from Game 1:
- Win 56% of faceoffs (No)
- Win Special Teams Battle (Sort of)
- Win net front battle (Yes)
- Zero undisciplined penalties (No)
- Three or fewer odd-man rushes (Yes)
Result: let’s round that 2.5 up to a 3 and you have a winner. Remember, I said before the season that Jim Montgomery seems to think accomplishing three of these five goals will lead to a Stars win most nights. He was right on Opening Night.
Brian Roe is the founder and head writer of The Roe Report. He spent five years working for the Dallas Stars and has been a contributor at Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers, NHL Intel, and more. Follow Brian on Twitter @brianproe.