"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
Brad will have the formal game preview up here in a bit, but I wanted to step in and go in a bit of a different direction with some things this morning.
There's no doubt that the Dallas Stars are lost in a downward spiral that has sent the fans into a frenzy. There are calls for a massive firesale, for a new coach, for the captain to be changed and even calls for Brenden Morrow to be traded. I can understand that, in fact a few of my latest articles haven't exactly been the most positive reads out there on the Dallas Stars. In fact, there's not a whole lot to be positive about with the Stars right now.
Yet that doesn't mean all is lost.
Right now, I am in Montreal to attend tonight's game. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a game in a sea of Canadiens fans, but it's also perhaps the one chance I get this season to attend a Stars game. As Managing Editor for this site, I've tried to maintain an objective and professional view on the team, while also being a fan. It's tough at times.
Yet I am still a die-hard fan, and I'm off to see my favorite sports team play tonight. I don't get many opportunities, so this is special to me. Am I concerned that I am walking into another let down of a game? Of course. But I still maintain hope that the Stars can pull out a nice win.
It's not an impossible task for the Stars to turn it around this season. While their chances of making the playoffs have severely diminished, I still hold out hope to see a Stars team that grows and progresses to the point where the team can build upon that momentum headed into the summer.
I know everyone is frustrated that the Stars are facing two disappointing seasons in a row. Let's not let that get in the way of how much we still love this team.
I'll be there tonight, cheering on my team. I hope you'll be there with me.