Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Stars Fall to Red Wings 6-5 in Traverse City Championship Game

The Dallas Stars gave up four unanswered goals in the third period to lose the Traverse City Prospect Tournament championship game to the Detroit Red Wings 6-5. Ever since 2008, the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup has eluded the Stars.

The most interesting subplot of the game was the matchup between the two top line centers. Ty Dellandrea's counterpart was Joe Veleno, a natural scorer whom the Stars famously passed on in the 2018 entry draft in favor of Dellandrea. At the time, Veleno was the most conventional pick available at number thirteen overall, and many expected the Stars to take him as an easy choice.

Veleno scored two goals in the span of a minute to give the Red Wings the lead, finishing the tournament with a dominant total of seven tallies. Dellandrea had a nice game, finishing with a goal, and a decent tournament, but Veleno was better. It probably doesn't mean much, but unfairly or not, these two players will be compared with one another for the foreseeable future.

Defenseman Emil Djuse and winger Tye Felhaber both scored two points a piece, while Riley Damiani, Joel Kiviranta, and John Nyberg also chipped in with goals. Blue chip goaltender Jake Oettinger did not have a great showing overall in the contest but did make some key saves in the early going before the wheels came off the in the third period.

Though the Stars will have to settle for second place, the tournament was a great opportunity for several key prospects to show their skills. Several players stood out, but the main ones that come to mind are Kiviranta, Tufte, Felhaber, and Djuse. The Stars prospect pool is objectively better than it was one season ago. 

Today's lines:
Felhaber-Dellandrea-Kiviranta
Tufte-Damiani-Robertson
Caamano-Gardner-Mascherin
Porco-Cuglietta-Melnick

Gleason-Barteaux
Harley-Djuse
Nyberg-Jago

Oettinger

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mattinen, Tyszka, Douglas

Monday, September 9, 2019

Riley Tufte Turns in Strong Performance in 5-3 Stars Win Over Blue Jackets

Adam Mascherin finished with two goals, but Riley Tufte was the most noticeable Dallas Stars player on Monday afternoon, turning in a two point outing in a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both players had goals on the power play while Ty Dellandrea notched one of his own on the man advantage to push the lead to 4-2 late in the second period.

Rhett Gardner opened the scoring with a goal from in close early in the first period to give the Stars a lead they would never relinquish. Mascherin's second goal, an empty netter, came in the waning seconds of regulation when Columbus was threatening after a tipped shot pulled them within one in the third period.

The Stars penalty kill got plenty of work in the contest having to kill of seven total penalties, including one minute and fifteen seconds of 5-on-3. In the end, they gave up two goals on the PK but could have ceded more had Jake Oettinger not played well.

In terms of the lineup, Curtis Douglas came out in favor of Diego Cuglietta. Tye Felhaber found himself on the top line and Riley Tufte played in all situations. On the back end, Tanner Jago was tabbed for third pairing duty.

The victory gives the Stars a decent chance at making the championship game tomorrow provided the New York Rangers lose to the Minnesota Wild. Stay tuned.

Today's lines:
Felhaber-Dellandrea-Kiviranta
Tufte-Damiani-Robertson
Caamano-Gardner-Mascherin
Porco-Cuglietta-Melnick

Gleason-Barteaux
Harley-Djuse
Nyberg-Jago

Oettinger

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Mattinen, Tyszka, Douglas

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Joel Kiviranta Scores Hat Trick in 7-4 Loss to Rangers

Joel Kiviranta was the standout for the Dallas Stars tonight in Traverse, netting a hat trick in a 6-4 loss to the New York Rangers. Colton Point got the start and took the loss, allowing six goals on 22 shots. Number seven was an empty netter with 1:22 left.

The Stars stayed with the same players as last night in the lineup but shuffled the lines. Kiviranta was elevated to the top line, which suited him well, with Jason Robertson and Ty Dellandrea. Tye Felhaber dipped to the third line while Riley Tufte was elevated to the second. Full lines are below.

The tournament takes Sunday off, and the Stars play Columbus on Monday at 1 PM.

Tonight's lines:
Robertson-Dellandrea-Kiviranta
Tufte-Damiani-Mascherin
Caamano-Gardner-Felhaber
Douglas-Melnick-Porco

Harley-Gleason
Nyberg-Barteaux
Djuse-Mattinen

Point

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tyszka, Cuglietta (scratch)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Dallas Takes 2-1 Win in First Game of Traverse Tourney

Dallas made a strong opening bid in their first game action of any sort in the 2019-20 season, winning Game 1 of the Traverse City Tournament over Minnesota 2-1.

The lines are below and are probably the most interesting items of the game. Nick Caamano, who wore the C, lined up with touted prospects Jason Robertson and Ty Dellandrea across the top. 2019 first-rounder Thomas Harley took top pairing with Ben Gleason, a standout from last year's tournament.

Dallas goals came from Nicholas Porco (assisted by Dellandrea) and Rhett Gardner (assisted by Riley Tufte and Ben Gleason). There was a fight in the first period with Curtis Douglas, the 6'8" winger, dropping the mitts. Dallas ended the first up 1-0 and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second.

Nico Sturm cut the lead to 2-1 but Dallas would hold on to the end, including killing a four-minute minor penalty for high sticking. Dallas outshot the Wild nearly 2:1 in the game.

The Stars are set to play the Rangers tomorrow at 6 PM Central.

Tonight's lines:
Caamano-Dellandrea-Robertson
Mascherin-Damiani-Felhaber
Tufte-Gardner-Kiviranta
Douglas-Melnick-Porco

Harley-Gleason
Nyberg-Barteaux
Djuse-Mattinen

Oettinger

Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Tyszka, Cuglietta (scratch)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Your Roadmap to Texas Stars Opening Night

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Just over a month from now, the Texas Stars will lace them up for the first time in the 2019-20 season. The road to their eleventh year will start this weekend in Traverse City. Here’s the roadmap to puck drop on October 4th.

Traverse City Prospects Tournament
September 6-10 in Traverse City, Michigan

The traditional beginning of the season event returns for the umpteenth year. Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal is the head coach of the prospects team in the northern Michigan town of Traverse City, pitted against seven other teams in a quick four-game tournament. The Stars have already released their roster for the event, which contains a plethora of players who will be with the Texas Stars this season and a number who might get a tryout look as well. The games are usually streamed online, since they are available on Fox Sports in Michigan as well.

Dallas Stars Training Camp
September 13-15 in Frisco, Texas

The first chance for most to see the newest crop of Stars comes just a few days after the close of the Traverse City tourney. Dallas opted to keep their training camp close to home this season, very close, with their usual practice facility serving as the venue. Big things to watch for here include those players who are right on the cusp of the NHL. How does Denis Gurianov perform? Where is Justin Dowling slotted? Does Joel L’Esperance play in heavily? However, it’s a lot of drills that are hard to decipher. That’s why we’ve got...

Dallas Stars Preseason
September 16-28

Seven games across 13 days will help the Stars pare down the roster from the giant group they will start with on the 13th. Texas Stars on Dallas contracts figure to all get at least one game in the preseason to see where they are in their development. Cuts will be rolling through this period and assignments to Texas will follow for many. If it wasn’t obvious, the last few players cut figure to be the first callups when injuries occur during the season.

Texas Stars Training Camp
September 23-26 in Cedar Park, Texas

After Dallas has made some cuts, the Texas Stars kick off camp on Monday the 23rd. Derek Laxdal, new assistant Neil Graham, and a bevy of assistants from player development and elsewhere in the organization will get the team ready for two preseason games to end the week. The roster will be full of tryout players looking to make a mark. Many of those will already be on contract to play in Idaho, if they don’t get a PTO in Texas. Either way, Texas knows what they have in Idaho when they need to call on them thanks to this camp. Practices are not open to the public.

Texas Stars Preseason
September 26-27

Bucking convention, Texas will play on Thursday and Friday this year for the preseason. Generally, the first game of the two, this year in San Antonio, is the “ECHL” game, where the players who are tryouts or on contract to the ECHL get a chance to show their stuff. Many cuts are generally made that night, and the team plays again in Cedar Park on Friday with a lineup that looks a lot like what they plan to roll out on opening night, minus any players who are still lingering in Dallas for the last few days before the NHL season opens up on October 3rd.

Opening Night vs. Tucson
October 4

After a week of practice, Texas faces Tucson to open 2019-20 with a roster full of potential stories to tell. Who will grab our attention? Who will demand a callup? Will Texas find its way back to the playoffs?