On a night when the Dallas Stars desperately needed two points to bridge a gap between them and the Wild, disaster struck. Once again the offense couldn’t find any rhythm and the defense was MIA. Former Dallas Star Mattias Janmark would have a career game against his former team as the Oilers would go on to win 4-1. The Stars just looked completely uninterested in trying to win tonight. Here are the three takeaways from tonight’s game against the Oilers.
Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers Recap: 3. Have to bench Suter and Hakanpaa
The Stars need to start considering healthy scratching Ryan Suter and Jani Hakanpaa. Both were once again liabilities on the ice tonight against the Oilers. You can see why Hawk needs to be benched below after he got juked out by two Oilers in front of Jake Oettinger. Suter has been a liability for most of this year and you know how I feel about him. What the Stars need to do is bring up Thomas Harley for the remainder of the year. I would feel a lot better with him in the lineup.
Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers Recap: 2. Oettinger deserved better
Oettinger played his butt off tonight trying to keep the Stars within reach of tying the game. For all that hard work, the team didn’t try to get him the win except Wyatt Johnston. For the second straight game, our top line couldn’t get any rhythm going in the offensive zone tonight. If Oettinger keeps getting this kind of response from this team in the next couple of seasons, he is going to find a team that wants to back him up and score.
Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers Recap: 1. Johnston needs to be in the top three for Calder Trophy now
Johnston scored his 19th goal tonight tying Matty Beniers for the most goals scored by a rookie this season. He is a force on the ice and no one seems to have an answer to stop him from scoring goals tonight. If he is not in the top three for the Calder Trophy after tonight, there is a bias against Stars hockey. Johnston is the definition of a game-changer and he should be recognized for his hard work this season.