athenejen: iAthena (athena)
From here, after Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin combined for 11 points in a single game:
When the two were combined this season, Benn was moved back to left wing and Seguin was moved back to center. And in a normal relationship, that means Seguin carries the puck and Benn shoots it. But this pair might not be so normal — and that’s a good thing.

“We’re definitely learning each other’s game,” Benn said. “It just takes awhile to find out where the other one is going to be and what the other one likes, but we’re learning.”

Ruff said he’s seeing the development of the kind of chemistry that can create a special line.

"They like playing with each other, they feed off of each other, there’s great communication there,” Ruff said. “As a coach, you can see if a relationship is working, and that one has pretty much worked right from training camp. They like playing with each other, they hang around with each other, they’re good friends now.”

When Benn was getting interviewed by the Canadian media Saturday, Seguin was trying to distract him. When the question was broached whether the two were close, Benn laughed and said: “We’re closer than you think.”

Jamie's gotten so much better at dealing with the press just in the last year. It's clear he came into camp this year with a new confidence and determination to be a real leader, and he has quietly taken the captaincy and run with it. It helps that Seguin has turned out to be the perfect running mate.

Who knows if they'll make the playoffs, despite all this, because the West and the East are both hilarious this season, just in completely opposite directions. Why yes, as of the standings right now, the top team in the East wouldn't even make the playoffs in the West, why do you ask? And every single team in the Central division would slot in at ninth or higher in the standings in the East.

But at least the Stars seem to have collectively confirmed on these two back-to-back road trips that they do, in fact, kinda like each other. Western Canada is now especially aware of this. :D

Actually, it occurs to me, the Stars basically had two days off in between games in Vancouver, and the Benn brothers are from Victoria. Wonder if they took Tyler home with them...

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