What do the Dallas Stars have to do to please the hockey gods? The Stars go into the All-Star break losing to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in their third straight overtime loss in a row. This is also the first time that the Dallas Stars have lost three games in a row this season. Adding insult to injury, the Stars now lead the league in OT losses this season with ten. The Stars have got to fix this for the post All-Star stretch. Here are the three takeaways of the game last night.
Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils Recap: 3. Roope Hintz is back
The one thing that the Stars can takeaway from last night’s game is that their star center is back. Roope Hintz capitalized on a one-timer during a 5-on-3 power play last night to score his 100th career goal. Hintz really helped out the Stars in the first period scoring on that power play and getting their lead up by two goals. Hopefully, Hintz will rest up during the break next week and he can be a huge part of the team down the stretch.
Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils Recap: 2. Can’t blame the Otter
Jake Oettinger has been phenomenal in goal this past week against some solid teams from the Eastern Conference. I was happy that Pete DeBoer played him against all three teams this week so he could get some practice against playoff teams for the postseason. I just wished the team would have helped him out by securing the win in OT the past three games. Now he can go hit the golf course and rest up for the run after the All-Star break, he deserves it after this week.
Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils Recap: 1. Do the unexpected
The Stars have got to consider creating some unorthodox lines for overtime. Recently this week, I mentioned on the Blackout Dallas Twitter account that the Stars need to consider running an overtime line of Johnston-Robertson-Hintz. I know usually teams have at least one defenseman on a line but the Stars need to break the mold. Not only could it throw the other team off, the Stars could take advantage and end the game early in OT. DeBoer needs to go find a corner at the hotel and start coming up with some heavy-offensive OT combinations.