No excuses for the Dallas Stars…Five teams and players worth watching…looking ahead on the remainder of the Red Wings season…How the Avalanche could make the playoffs…Should the Flames or Senators pursue Jeff Carter?…Absurd Goalie Monday…How to fabricate a Canucks trade rumor.

DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley believe the Dallas Stars have run out of excuses, and it’s time to show just what they’re made of. I agree.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Five teams and players to watch over the remainder of this season. Spoiler alert!:None of the teams are Canadian, nor are the players on Canadian-based teams.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Five questions for the Red Wings going forward this season, two of which focus on Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk, the Wings two best players.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: How the Avalanche could win the West or at least make the playoffs. I’d say the more realistic option is the second one.

SILVER SEVEN SENS/MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE: Should the Senators or Flames pursue Jeff Carter? Given that huge contract and injury history, I say, “no”.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Dieter Kochan.

PASS IT TO BULIS: Harrison Mooney presents: How to fabricate a successful Canucks trade rumor. You mean Luongo for Lecavalier wasn’t?