On this version of Dallas Stars Information & Rumors, Thomas Harleys information profession level No.1, and teammates pull a sneaky prank on Michael Raffl.
Harley Hits A Milestone
Sunday’s sport in opposition to Buffalo was an enormous one for 20-year-old Thomas Harley. The younger defenseman performed in his seventh straight NHL sport, the longest streak of his younger profession. He was additionally paired with John Klingberg within the top-four for the second time. Nevertheless, the largest second got here within the second interval when he poked a puck down the wall to Joe Pavelski. Pavelski made a crisp cross to Roope Hintz, who slipped a shot by way of the legs of Craig Anderson, leading to a 2-0 Dallas lead and the primary level in Harley’s younger profession.
“It’s been coming for the previous couple video games,” Harley stated. “You develop up dreaming it’s going to be a little bit extra memorable than only a poke again down the wall. They don’t ask how, they ask what number of? So I’m glad.”
Harley has been spectacular currently, forcing coaches to maintain him with the NHL group on an ongoing foundation. Not solely has he began to supply however he has performed elevated minutes and appears rather more comfy on each ends of the ice.
“Thomas could be very sensible,” Stars coach Rick Bowness stated. “When he will get it, his head’s already up. He’s already wanting and he form of is aware of what he’s going to do with it subsequent. He makes only a few poor choices due to that.”
The Stars are glad to see Harley forward of schedule however stay affected person along with his improvement.
“Errors are going to occur, and the secret’s to not make the identical mistake,” Bowness stated. “As a defenseman, you’re going to make errors. This league could be very quick, and so they drive errors. He’ll study from them.”
If Harley can proceed to enhance, he provides Dallas one other double risk on the backend to go along with Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen. For now, he has definitely made choices a lot more durable on the teaching employees, in one of the best ways.
“There comes a time once we’ve bought to maintain him right here and see what he can do,” Bowness stated. “Once you do this, he positive factors expertise, you see who he performs nicely with, who he performs nicely in opposition to and the way he handles totally different conditions. His progress has been good.”
The Michael Raffl Helmet Debacle
Sunday’s sport was additionally memorable as a result of a enjoyable and fruitful prank that happened earlier than puck drop. Ahead Michael Raffl determined to get a drastic haircut this weekend after his daughter teased him about going bald. The buzzcut was a subject of debate and the middle of many jokes at Stars observe on Saturday.
“There have been two new gamers at observe on Saturday. Marian [Studenic], and Michael [Raffl],” Bowness joked.
Sunday, as Raffl bought ready to take the ice for warmups, he seen that his helmet was not the place he left it. It grew to become clear that somebody had stolen it, forcing him to take warm-up with out it, exhibiting off the brand new look to a sellout crowd.
“I needed to,” Raffl stated of the choice to defiantly skate out with out his “bucket” on. “I didn’t present any weak spot. I didn’t care, I used to be strolling on the market.”
Raffl had the final giggle although, scoring two objectives for the primary time since 2016 and main the Stars to a 4-2 victory on house ice. When gamers and coaches had been requested concerning the incident following the sport, there have been loads of smiles to go round.
“We all the time need the fellows to return to the rink and revel in it,” Bowness stated. “I don’t need them to take a look at it as a job, I need them to take a look at it as a sport, and let’s have enjoyable taking part in the sport and have some enjoyable within the room. However when it’s time to play, you play. You’ve bought to get pleasure from it although. It goes by so quick. These guys are going to blink and their profession goes to be over.”
Dallas isn’t any stranger to dramatic haircuts. To start this season, Roope Hintz determined to chop off his well-known blonde move. The end result? 11 video games with no aim and numerous consideration and questions on curses from the followers and media. Now, this haircut for Raffl had a really totally different end result however it definitely appears there are some unusual vibes taking place down in Texas.
The Stars host the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night time [March 2] earlier than heading out on the highway for a significant three-game highway journey in opposition to Central Division opponents.
With the victory on Sunday, Dallas jumped Edmonton within the standing, touchdown them within the closing playoff spot within the Western Convention. Each Edmonton and Anaheim received their video games final night time so the Stars are again on the skin wanting in.
Sam Nestler is a credentialed Dallas Stars contributor for the ‘The Hockey Writers’. Rising up in New Jersey, Sam has been taking part in hockey since he was 7 years previous. Growing a love for writing in school, Sam makes use of his hockey information to create analyses and articles on each facet of the sport. Sam additionally hosts his personal podcast on Spotify, the “Slapshot Sammy’ podcast, breaking down motion throughout the Stars, the NHL, and school hockey. Take a look at the podcast right here, and provides his newest article a learn!