If you lived under a hockey rock this weekend or for some reason just decided not to pay attention to the Dallas Stars you might have missed something. The Stars are starting to show they may be contenders or at least a dark horse team in the western conference and only continued to show they may be this weekend. Dallas had to play two games this weekend on the road in less that 24 hours against a pair of teams with good records in the Columbus Blue Jackets and some team called the Detroit Red Wings. And what the Stars got out of it were two road wins. The Stars first got a 2-1 win Saturday night in one of the worst officiated games I have ever seen. Then they played on the road in one of the hardest places to visit, and fought for 50 plus minutes after going down 2-0 early to win 4-3 in overtime.
Dallas played a pair of road games in less then 24 hours, something that rarely happens to hockey teams with them coming out winning both games. So beside being one of the best home teams in the league so far this season (11-3-2), the Stars are looking a little better on the road. But despite being 2nd in the west right now and being in first in the Pacific for a while now, the Stars are getting little respect. I think many still expect the San Jose Sharks or probably the Los Angeles Kings to have a good second half of the season and take the division. But outside of ESPN’s weekly rankings putting them 5th this week and 7th last, the Stars are not being talked about a lot. Hopefully that changes soon. The team is still not perfect but Dallas has offense, goaltending, and now the special teams seems to be turning around. The penalty kill has comeback from one of the worst starts I have seen by a unit to playing solid for about three weeks now and they continued that over the weekend. The powerplay has worked at the friendly confines of the AAC, but it took until this last week for it to start scoring on the road.
Now Dallas comes home for three games this week, and it should be a great chance for the Stars to keep their solid play going. The captain Brenden Morrow came alive these last few games with 3 goals in 3 games and scoring two goals in Detroit on Sunday. He continues to look better this season and being back to the captain this team had last time they made the playoffs. Tonight the Montreal Canadiens come into town for the only contest between the two teams this season and it is another chance for the Stars to test themselves against one of the better teams in the East. Last time Dallas faced-off against one of the top teams in the east, Dallas knocked off the Caps. Mike Ribeiro plays against his former team again and always seems to do great against Montreal. Puck drops at 8pm CST and it should be a great one.