We are going to enjoy a double scoop Western Conference in today’s edition of Around the NHL in 30 Days. One team barely gets a glance from me, while the other has my attention all season long.
Dallas Stars. What can I say? We played them twice. We lost twice, including a 1-2 shootout loss on December 10th. The Stars finished last in their division last season, so falling to them two times just leaves a ‘blah’ taste in my mouth. Not to mention their prospects crushed the Canes juniors 8-2 in Traverse City yesterday. These teams meet once this year on November 6th. FanSided’s Austin Waldon provided a thorough preview on Blackout Dallas. Here’s a sneak peek:
For the Stars some of the changes happened right away. A new coach in Glen Gulutzan coming up from the Stars’ AHL team and taking over as head coach after the firing of Marc Crawford (thank you Joe!) started the summer off for the team. Of course what followed shortly after was not what most of the fanbase wanted, but most of us knew it was coming. GM Joe Nieuwendyk fought and tried a wait-and-see approach with new ownership that never came, and eventually had to just let the team’s top offensive threat go. Brad Richards is now of course residing somewhere in NYC as he prepares to play for the New York Rangers for probably the remainder of his career, and the Stars are now down on all-star.
The next team is much more flavorful to me. The Detroit Red Wings are a team I love the Canes to beat, but a team a cheer for when they are not playing the Canes. These men in red met once last season and it was an extremely memorable game for Caniacs. Our playoff hopes were dangling by a thread, and on April 6th we had to face the number one team in the Central Division. It was a beautiful contest. Our captain, Eric Staal, assisted all three goals from Joslin, Cole, and Skinner to shutout the decorated Red Wings. This season, the teams play in Detroit on March 24th. Monica McAllister over at Octopus Thrower showcases her team below. You can catch the full preview here.
They say defense wins championships. They say your last line of defense is your goaltender. So I guess it should come as no surprise that the Red Wings are building from the backend out…
Earlier this summer long time Red Wings net minder Chris Osgood made his retirement from the NHL official. After injury set backs and a young Jimmy Howard pushing and keeping that number one spot in the Red Wings crease it was time. Osgood may not be throwing on his number 30 but he is still taking to the ice as an assistant goaltending coach. Osgood will be working with the goaltenders in the Red Wings farm system in Grand Rapids with the Griffins (AHL) and in Toledo with the Walleye (ECHL).