The Dallas Stars finally gave Jake Oettinger a night off finally after he played at least four straight weeks of hockey. However, the Stars probably wished they had Scott Wedgewood instead of Matt Murray tonight. The Stars would end up losing to the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 last night. Dallas Stars Radio Analyst Bruce LeVine mentioned after the game that the last time the Stars beat the Canucks was back in November of 2019 when Ben Bishop was still our goalie.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks Recap: 3. Power play was atrocious last night
The Stars had four chances against the worst penalty kill team in the league and couldn’t score at least once. I don’t know if the Stars have practiced their power play in the last couple of days but it looked awful last night. They kept trying to fire the puck at the net from the blue line and get a rebound off of Thatcher Demko. Obviously, it didn’t work as Demko was able to redirect the puck to his teammates so they could clear the puck. This was a missed opportunity to get back in the game.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks Recap: 2. Offense couldn’t get set up in Vancouver’s zone
Multiple times last night, the Stars couldn’t get anything set up in the offensive zone. When you are playing one of the worst teams in the league and are in the running for Connor Bedard, you should be scoring at least three goals. It’s another game this season when the Star’s offense couldn’t get the puck in the net. You have to give credit to Demko on a well-played game last night. it’s pretty bad when the only goal scored is by Ryan Suter who hasn’t scored at all this season.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks Recap: 1. Another loss to a sub-.500 team
The Stars lost another game to a team below .500 in the standings. The Stars had a shot after the All-Star break to really solidify their position at the top of the Central Division. However, they fumbled the bag and are now one point behind the Minnesota Wild in the Standings. This is the first time since January 16th that the Stars have been in 2nd place. It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world for the Stars. They could still end up winning the Central Division by the end of the regular season.