Hopefully the panic portion of the season is over. Our Stars are back in the mix after a 3 game winning streak and look to get another two pieces back just in time as this month is full of division opponents.
Lots of analysis after the jump!
San Jose has picked up the division lead and holds 4 points ahead of 2nd place Phoenix with 80 points. The Sharks are on fire with a seven game winning streak and have picked up wins in eight of the last ten games. The Sharks have rewarded their goalie with a four year $15.2 million dollar contract and have tied up a lose end for the next few years. The Sharks have entirely returned to form and look to be a beast the rest of the season, if anything the Stars get to see them three more times in what should be amazing games.
Tuesday night brought a fierce match up between the 2nd place Coyotes and our Dallas Stars. The Stars jumped to a 2 point lead to see it tied up late in the 3rd period. Then like a hockey fairy tale Jamie Benn picks up the game winner with four seconds to go in the game stealing a precious point away from Phoenix. We here in Dallas know the Yotes well and will see them only one more time in the regular season at the end of March.
The Kings are tied with Dallas in points at 74 with Dallas holding the tie-breaker, but Los Angeles isn’t going down easily. They made a true blockbuster trade at the deadline acquiring Dustin Penner from Edmonton. Our friends over at Rink Royalty have a solid write up on the new acquisition. Dallas will face the Kings three more times as well this season.
Anaheim played last night against the Red Wings and picked up a much needed win. Bobby Ryan scored on a penalty shot in overtime to win 2-1. The Ducks sit at the bottom of the division with 73 points. While the Ducks had no big surprises at the deadline they are still a solid team with a lot of hockey left in the season. We will also see Anaheim against our boys three times more this regular season.
Tonight’s schedule sees three Pacific Division teams in battle with the Yotes at the Kings and Detroit at San Jose. Then late Friday night our Stars play the Ducks in Anaheim. As usual the division could look drastically different come next week.