It was a rather quiet week for the Dallas Stars, who played only two games. Seems a little weird that in a shortened season that a team would only play two games in one week, but that’s what the Stars got. This was a good chance to heal up and focus more on some issues with their game. The Stars took full advantage of both games this week and made them pay off.
In Edmonton Wednesday night against the Oilers, three players who signed or re-signed with the team all contributed. Jamie Benn scored his third goal of the year to put the Stars up 1-0 in the first period. Because Benn sat out the first few games of the year due to a contract dispute, he’s only played seven games (Friday’s game vs. Anaheim included), but boy has he been good in those seven games. He has four goals and three assists. You can see the impact he’s making on this team. Must make Stars fans and the franchise wonder why they didn’t come to an agreement sooner before he went overseas. Derek Roy also scored for the Stars on a power play goal. Finally some success on the power play. Coming into the game, they hadn’t scored a power play goal in their past four games, going zero for thirteen. And the other big acquisition, Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Stars past the Oilers 3-2. Nice way to finish the three game road trip, going 2-1.
All in all for the Stars, with only two games this past week, to get all four possible points is huge. Their 6-5-1 record (13 points) has them as the eight seed right now. Still a lot of work to be done and no doubt the standings will change a lot, but it’s nice to see the Stars and GM Joe Nieuwendyk’s vision and offseason plan look like it’s coming together.
The Stars are back on another three game road trip this week before ending at home on Sunday. After this three game road trip, they get a nice little three game home stand, so that would be huge if the Stars can find a way to get a few points on the road.
Tuesday, February 12 @Edmonton 9:30 PM ET/8:30 CT
Thursday, February 14 @ Calgary 9:30 PM ET/8:30 CT
Friday, February 15 @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET/9 CT
Sunday, February 17 VS Calgary 6:00 PM ET/5 CT
The Canada road trip always seems to be a tough one for teams to do well on, but if the Stars can continue to find success on the powerplay, they can win at least two of these games. They’ve scored three goals in each of the last three games and if they continue to get good play in net, they’ll be just fine. We’ll find out soon enough as their success is written in the stars.