Good morning, Stars fans! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday and frantically anticipating the release of the 2014-2015 NHL regular season schedule, a mere 7 1/2 hours away.
Just yesterday, the NHL gave a sneak preview by announcing all 30 team’s home openers; and GUESS WHAT?
The Dallas Stars open their season AT HOME for the fourth season in a row.
2015 season on October 9th, the day after the NHL season as a whole is set to open. And they will begin the season against a familiar foe: The Chicago Blackhawks, a newly formed Central Division rival with the Stars.
Chicago. Chicago. Now, I’m not a mind-reader, but I’m guessing some of you are a bit discouraged or worried about playing a team that’s won the Stanley Cup 2 times since Dallas’ last appearance in the Final back in 2000. Or you might be fretting because the Stars’ record against the Hawks over the last two seasons is an unpleasant 1-5-2. Or it could be that the Stars tend to forget how to play whenever the Blackhawks show up and tend to get heavily outshot and sometimes outscored. So you’re probably getting the tissues and fallout shelter ready as you’re reading this, just in preparation for October 9th.
But now’s not the time for garbage like that. Now’s the time to save up for when ticket sales open and get your tix for this game! Because the Dallas Stars will NOT disappoint.
Do not get discouraged from the measly Blackhawks. The Stars will have to put on their big boy pants sooner or later considering they will be playing these division rivals continually for seasons to come. But the Stars just have to get their minds right.
The Stars have an uneventful past when meeting with the Blackhawks, but have still survived. I mean the Stars were a playoff team this past year, so no more calling them “no threat” or “a team with no future”. The Stars have proved themselves to be a valiant and hard-headed team, and if anyone should be scared , it’s the Blackhawks.
The Stars are looking at an eventful offseason ahead, and one that could truly make or break the Stars’ possibility of a Cup run. And let me assure you, Jim Nill knows what he wants and WILL GET what he wants. His blockbuster offseason last year put the entire NHL on watch, and he proved his credibility by taking this team from the bottom dwellers to the much-desired postseason for the first time since 2008. The Stars are a young and prospering team with high intentions in the coming year. A New Star Is Truly Rising, and you’ll definitely not want to miss it. The Stars will look to prove everyone wrong and take a giant leap this season with monumental intentions, and it will all start with Chicago. The Stars started last season with a loss to the unknown Florida Panthers and made many question if the Stars really had made a step forward from the past offseason. But they ended up changing everyone’s thoughts by the end of the year.
Chicago is quite the high powered team who is constantly in the postseason and has an arsenal of MVP-caliber players. But the Stars can take them on easily as long as they can play tight defense and continue the high powered offense that they’re known for (a little tussling from Roussel wouldn’t be that bad either), it should be a good game. This will be the perfect test to see if the Stars are truly ready to go all the way this season. A lot of questions will be answered off this one game.
Bold prediction for Stars vs. Blackhawks:
Alright, before the offseason even begins and the Stars start to send players to different places in order to pick up new faces, here’s a prediction to give you something to toss around in your brain for a while.
The Stars will win their home season opener this year, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-1, at the American Airlines Center. How’s that?
I cannot wait for these few hours to pass so I can finally see that schedule, and I hope you are as anxious as I am.
Comments below and GO STARS!