The Dallas Stars haven't exactly been dominating, like they had been to start the 2016 season, and one of the players in need of a boost was defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who was given the night off as a scratch on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild. It didn't really help, however, with the Stars losing the game, 4-0, and have now dropped down to 3-4-1 in the Central, out of even a wild card spot at the moment.
The loss of Hamhuis on Saturday night didn't hurt John's team at all, as his team is still atop the Mover & Shaker standings for the week and his team finished Saturday night in 5th place, 1 point out of 2nd place. John's team is definitely having himself a week.
Rookie defenseman Michael Matheson was reportedly given the night off from a busy schedule, as he gets his legs underneath him. The Panthers are in pretty much the same boat as the Stars above, expected to be a bit better, but they're seeming on waiting on everyone to get on the same page. Matheson has been decent to start the year, 2 goals and 4 points in his first seven games, ranking 204th overall in scoring.
Matheson was Brian's 13th round pick this season and he has been paying off pretty well early on, tied for 5th in the scoring for that round at 4 points. He's already looking like a good bargain pick and he'll need to keep it up, if Brian's 15th place team is to improve right away.