So here we sit only 4 games into the 82 game season and the Dallas Stars have already taken us on a roller-coaster ride. There was the preseason high followed by the opening day disappointment. Then was the closely fought victory against Washington and the wonderful offensive display against Winnipeg. Finally we saw the butt-kicking delivered by the hands of the Minnesota Wild that solidified everything we know about the Dallas Stars. They are good. They are bad. They are sloppy. They are explosive.
As mentioned before in Better Today and Tomorrow, this Stars team is in a full rebuilding mode. Not to say they aren’t doing things to win right now. They are employing enough veterans to make this a two-part plan. Win now while building for the future. If you want to catch up on exactly what the Stars have been up to check out Sport DFW’s Dallas Stars Staff Writer Keith Ricci’s article, Anyone Remember Hockey?
The Stars embark on the next leg of their schedule by taking on the Avalanche tonight and the Sharks on Thursday. Both teams are 5-0 and playing excellent hockey. Both teams will provide an excellent challenge to this young team. And both teams will be facing a Stars team minus their top net-minder, Kari Lehtonen. With Lehtonen on IR all the pressure will fall on #2 goalie, Dan Ellis. Ellis will have to do better than he did against the Wild when he allowed 5 goals, the first coming in the first 12 seconds.
If the defense bounces back then Ellis and the Stars should have a chance. With the way they are playing so far this season a 1-1 split sounds like a very likely outcome.
A Look Ahead
Tuesday, October 15
@ Colorado 8:00pm CDT
Thursday, October 17
Vs. San Jose 7:30pm CDT
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