Good evening, Stars fans! The weekend is almost halfway over, and that means another day passed on the countdown! 82 days until the Dallas Stars open their season against the Chicago Blackhawks at the American Airlines Center.
Yesterday, the countdown focused on the sweep category and who the Stars completed a sweep against last year. To view that article, click here.
Today, I’m going to focus on the teams that managed to get the best of the Stars and complete a sweep of their own:
The Stars swept four teams last year and were swept by a total of six.
The Stars found themselves taking the cold shoulder and ultimate “L” against the Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and Columbus blue Jackets.
The Florida Panthers surprisingly made this list after beating the Stars by a combined score of 7-4 throughout their two meetings. They spoiled Dallas’ “New Star Rising” kick-off by beating them 4-2 at the AAC and then Luongo found a way to dominate the Stars offense in April, which ended in a 3-2 heartbreaker.
The Montreal Canadiens never really had a firm hold on either of their matchups against the Stars, which contributed to the combined goal total of 8-5 at the end of the season. Montreal escaped with a 2-1 win back in October and squeaked out a 6-4 win in January that commenced the Stars six-game skid.
The New York Rangers had a lot of help from Henrik Lundqvist throughout their sweep of the Stars. The combined score ended up being 6-4 which included a 3-2 game in November where Lundqvist stopped 41 of 43 and another 3-2 game in January where New York broke the tie with 1:58 in the third.
The New York Islanders dominantly trounced the Dallas Stars in the two January meetings that both took part in the Stars obscene struggle. The combined goal total ended up being 11-5 and neither game turned out to be pretty for the Stars against one of the Top 5 worst teams in the NHL.
The New Jersey Devils won both games by the trap-and-steal strategy of the Devil’s blue line. The final goal tally was 4-2 and one of the Devil’s victories came in OT on a power play goal that stemmed from a highly controversial tripping call on Jamie Benn.
The Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to be the only team from this list that the Dallas Stars could not figure out. 7-3 turned out to be the final goal tally, and one of the matchups was postponed due to Rich Peverley’s heart failure. The Blue Jacket thoroughly beat the Stars 4-2 and 3-1, with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky shining in both matchups and stopping 33+ shots in each game.
Will the Stars be swept by six teams again this year? Most likely not, but nothing is sure.
82 days till puck drop.
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