It all over but the shouting. The Dallas Stars lost, the Nashville Predators won, and the 2021 season is now one game shy of being history. Is it too soon to start pointing fingers If not, you better bring several. Saad Yousuf has posted a long view of the Stars 2021 season and its veritable cascade of harm, both external and self-inflicted, that might have stopped another team weeks ago. The Victory Green Gang ran up a league-high tab of time lost to illness, injury, and freak weather events. But that was only part of the equation. Bereft of what we might call The Canadian Dispensation (hello, Vancouver Canucks), the Stars also played through the constant mid-level chaos the lost time wreaked on their schedule:Recovery time is key when dealing with injuries and the Stars had absolutely none of it DeShawn Williams Flag. A COVID-19 outbreak following the third day of training camp delayed the start of the season and further compressed an already condensed schedule. Then came the winter storm in mid-February, halting games for eight days. The NHL showed no mercy, fitting all of the postponed games in the existing window. That meant the last time the Stars got two days between games was Feb. 28 and March 1. After that, there was a run of eight consecutive weeks of playing four games in six nights. Weekend back-to-backs became the new norm. Practices became a myth. The easy thought may be to wonder what happens if some of the injured players, such as [Roope] Hintz, had more time to recover but the unprecedented schedule posed concerns beyond that as well. What if [Tyler] Seguin had actual team practices when he graduated to the final stage of his recovery How much sooner could he have returned What about the group of veteran players on the team, ranging from Joe Pavelski to Jamie Benn, Anton Khudobin, Andrew Cogliano and Blake Comeau How much more effective could they have been with some extra time to let bodies recover Without the services of two of their top offensive weapons and power-play playmakers in Seguin and [Alexander] Radulov, what kind of schematic adjustments could have been made if there was practice time to implement it Those are all valid questions that can only be answered by subjective imaginations at this point. Of course, every team has been dealing with similar issues this season. But you have to look around to find a similarly capable team who compounded their own troubles quite so frequently:The lack of finish wasn just about the ending of games but also has to do with finishing plays. Too often this season, postgame press conferences were littered with some iteration of e were the better team but hat ut never went away as the season progressed. Too often the Stars outplayed the opposition at five-on-five, only to take an untimely penalty or commit a turnover. In a game of inches, every team has its fair share of shots hitting the posts and crossbars but not every team compounds those misfortunes with self-inflicted errors. There more behind the paywall. Less than 24 hours after finding out their playoff race was over https://www.denverproshoponline.com/Kevin_Toliver_Ii_Pillow_Cover-511, the Stars couldn't dig themselves out of an early hole against the Blackhawks. PNCBank | GoStars 8. Here's a look at what happened in 2020-21 for Dallas and why things could be better in 2021-22. 1It official: Even at 70 percent or less, Roope Hintz is a force of nature. He's been a beast all season. Roope Hintz is our nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2020-21 season. GoStars 1And it somehow appropriate that this year Masterton nominees includes a whole lot of former Stars. Valeri Nichushkin, Mike Smith, Corey Perry, Nick Paul and Jack Campbell were also nominated for the Masterton Trophy. 1Around The LeaguesThe NHL has big news concerning pandemic protocols, and another big reason for every member to get the shot. Details on the NHL's relaxed Covid-19 protocol for 'fully vaccinated' teams in the StanleyCup playoffs, which allow for greater freedoms with regards to masks, testing, team meetings, social gatherings, dining and travel:1Frank Seravalli, in TL;DR form:The NHL has relaxed its COVID-19 protocol for playoff teams that will allow for greater freedoms with regards to masks, testing, team meetings, social gatherings and travel - once 85 per cent of a team traveling party is fully vaccinated. More coming in a story soon. Is the 2021 Calder Trophy campaign a two-horse race at this point Jason Robertson is getting a lot of love, if not necessarily a better chance. Kirill Kaprizov or Jason Robertson for the Calder Trophy Our writers debated the race for NHL rookie of the year, with a few other first-year players brought up in the discussion. 1So what youe saying is, Torts is available. . . The Athletic: John Tortorella won return as coach of Blue Jackets next season, per sources. After six seasons https://www.denverproshoponline.com/Essang_Bassey_Pet_Jersey-422, the winningest coach in CBJ history will move on when his contract expires this summer. 1Rick Tocchet and the Arizona Coyotes have also parted ways after not making the playoffs. BREAKING: The Coyotes and coach Rick Tocchet have mutually agreed to part ways after four seasons:1Meanwhile, this two-time Stanley Cup winner is prospering as head coach of his national team. Jim Paek was the first South Korea-born player in NHL history. Now, he is the coach of its national team. Our WDouglasNHL caught up with Paek for his latest Color of Hockey blog. 1Greetings From Scenic Cedar ParkOne last home game, one more win for the Texas Stars. One final win for the txstars HEBCenter this year helped by 26 saves from Colton Point and a 2-goal night on the power play TEXvsTUCOnly one series left for the team as they hit the road to Des Moines for 3 games against the Iowa Wild next week. Read: 1FinallySo, Saturday aside, is it still time I hear the Jerk Store has some pretty cool stuff.