In the final preseason game before they start to count, the Dallas Stars were given a stern reminder that there is still a long way to go before this team feels comfortable under Marc Crawford. A very good and balanced St. Louis team came into Dallas and proceeded to take advantage of every mistake the Stars made. Marty Turco was hung out to dry and the players took 48 minutes to get comfortable on the ice. Not a good combination and it resulted in a ugly, ugly loss at home.
Some quick thoughts:
- According to Razor and Ralph, Fabian Brunnstrom didn't do himself any favors with another inconsistent effort. Not a good sign for a player fighting for a roster spot.
- Jamie Benn had a good game, getting decent pressure on net while also leading the rush up the ice on multiiple occasions. Listening to the game on the radio, not once did it occur to me that Benn didn't belong on an NHL roster.
- Many times throughout the game Razor reiterated that the Stars were thinking too much, instead of just playing. That's the result of learning a new system, and something you just cannot do against the Blues.
- Has St. Louis become the new team that the Stars just cannot beat, no matter what? It seems they've replaced the Detroit Red Wings as the team that has a special place in the heads of all Dallas Stars players.
- Steve Ott needs to calm down. He's a much better player when he focuses on offense; I'm a big fan of his agitation abilities, but only at the right times.
- The tandem of Tori Holt and Brent Severyn needs some serious work.