We have finally made it to the Dallas Stars opening night game after a somewhat long offseason. The Stars will be taking on the St. Louis Blues at the American Airlines Center. The fans have been waiting to see how the Stars will run it back this season as they fell just short of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
If you are going to the game tonight, check out the schedule below so that way you are on time for all the festivities that will be going on before the game. Here are the three keys of the game against the St. Louis Blues.
Dallas Stars vs. the St. Louis Blues Preview: 3. Come out of the gate strong
The one thing that the Stars really need to do tonight is come out of the gate strong against the St. Louis Blues. The Stars need to show their divisional opponent that they are serious about taking the division this year. I want to see every line treat this as a Western Conference Finals playoff game and take it to the Blues.
Dallas Stars vs. the St. Louis Blues Preview: 2. Don’t put the puck in our own net
The Stars need to make sure as well to score on their own net tonight. In the last preseason game against the Blues, the Stars accidentally scored two own goals against the Blues. On Tuesday night the Seattle Kraken accidentally scored on their own net as well. Hopefully, the Stars cleaned their game up and we won’t see this happen on home ice to begin the season. If the Stars can play clean and not turn the puck over, the Stars should come away with a win tonight to start the season off right.
Dallas Stars vs. the St. Louis Blues Preview: 1. Find a way to win with Roope Hintz out
There’s a slight possibility that Roope Hintz might sit the home opener out due to his upper-body injury. He practiced yesterday but might not be ready to play in a full NHL game just yet. With that being said, the Stars need to find a way to win the game being a man down. Someone is going to have to step up in the offensive department if indeed Hintz is out. They have to have that next-man-up mentality like they did against the Minnesota Wild in the playoffs last season when Joe Pavelski was out.