The Dallas Stars look to continue their run of success tonight as they play on the road at the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. The Stars of course have won six games in a row (and have gone 8-1-1 over their last ten games), and now are headed out onto the road for a couple of games against central division teams they have not played yet this season in Columbus and then Chicago. While the Stars have been on fire recently and been finding ways to win games in different ways, the Blue Jackets have lost five games in a row (o-4-1) and have gone from a surprise team early to now dropping and in need of something quick. Columbus has lost the last two games by scores of 5-0 and 7-2. So the Blue Jackets are in need of a win or some change soon, and they are not that good at home. Columbus had been great on the road before losing their last two away from home, but overall they are 6-7-1 at home. At the same time, Dallas has won their last three games on the road and only allowed a single goal in each of those games. So the stats show the Stars could get another win tonight and make it seven. Plus the Stars are 25-7-4 all time against the Blue Jackets, not bad numbers to look at.
Dallas can continue the streak in many ways tonight. Throughout it the Stars have found different ways to win games and pull things out. Timely goals, stellar goaltending, physical games, close games, coming from behind, and like Saturday night’s game, with scoring not coming from the top line. Against the Wild, Dallas had two goals from defensemen and two goals from the third line. The PK has killed off 15 of the 16 chances against them in the win streak, and even before the streak it was starting to look better. They may have an easy job tonight killing off the Columbus powerplays, as the Jackets are the worst home PP in the league at 6.4%. Dallas even has started to improve the PP and it has gone 4 out of 18 recently. It really still needs to get better though. The talent level that this powerplay has, they could definitely be in the top 10-12 of the league. And I still think part of what is constantly holding them back is overthinking at times and the coaching staff. But that is for another time.
Puck drops at 6pm central time and will be on Fox Sports SW.
Team news: The Stars may have found a new team president, or at least an interim team president. It appears that sometime this week we should hear that the organization has hired Tony Tavares as a new interim team president after the team has been without a president since August when Jeff Cogen left to be the CEO of the Predators. Tavares would not just handle the top end of the hockey operations, but also help the organization from the top and be in the sale process for the team. Him coming in could help the NHL and Bettman not have to be so concerned with the Stars day-to-day operations and financial situation. He has experience too, being that he was the original team president for the Mighty Ducks and down the road was hired to help the Montreal Expos when they were in financial ruin and being sold and relocated. So he knows how to handle hockey, and hockey in a non-northern market. More on this as it happens.