Off of a great weekend and game Tuesday night at home, Dallas fell a little flat last night and the effort was not there against the Calgary Flames like one would have hoped. But despite that, the Dallas Stars still got a point out of dropping the game 3-2 in the shootout. As Razor put it, the Stars were fortunate to get a point out of the game. That is how things just seem to be going with the Stars this season. Last season they could not even get points or wins on nights they deserved it (or sometimes didn’t), where on nights when they don’t play well this season Dallas still is getting a point or even some nights stealing wins. Last night was a dud by Dallas and thanks to a great effort by Kari Lehtonen in the crease the Stars come out with a point. That puts them tied with the Red Wings for 1st in the Western conference now at the Christmas break and that should please just about any Stars fans.
One scary trend continues. The powerplay looks to be working things out and is starting to score (and being at home seems to help them a ton), and the penalty kill has been stopping almost everything for a month now and has recovered from a horrible start. But Dallas is still getting outshot almost every single night. Last night the Stars were flat and looked like they were a bit tired, but were outshot 33-16 and 25-9 in the 2nd and 3rd periods combined. How the heck do we expect to win games when we are not even putting shots on the opposing goalies? To score the puck, normally it has to be shot…well unless playing the Panthers (their d-men will score on their own goal at times for you)…and the Stars need to start taking some more shots or just generating a bit more. Sure they are scoring goals and our shot to goal ratio has to be one of the best in the league. But I would venture to say the Stars get outshot 70% of the time.
The Stars now have a couple of days off and are at home. So it is good for these guys to get a couple of days with family or friends hopefully. Dallas returns to action by hosting the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night and continue this streak of five home games in six contests that started Tuesday night. For a full look at the Stars at the break, you should check out Sturm’s Blog over at the Stars official site (link) and do some holiday reading besides all the eating and smiling at relatives you barely like.
From myself and on behalf of the whole Fansided network, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope all of you get to spend time with family and friends. Even if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you at least have a good time or get to do something in your own way. Be blessed, thanks for reading, and Go Stars!