The Dallas Stars do one thing well this season, that's for sure: Stop the bleeding. They avoided a third straight loss yesterday and have not suffered such a streak yet this season, never letting things get too bad.
The offense had another one of its eruptions Saturday, scoring five or more for the fifth time already this year (7, 6, 6, 5, 5), almost always spurred by the law firm of Benn and Seguin. Those eruptions are fun, but they're juxtaposed by 18 (18!) games of two goals or fewer, though never none. They haven't been shutout yet this season.
So while the offense has great potential, and the power play is a big component of this conversation, obviously, it lacks consistency in a big way.
Secondary scoring we've talked about, but it starts at the top.
Tyler Seguin has been fabulous overall for the Dallas Stars this season. Or has he only been REALLY fabulous on a handful of occasions? Or would you prefer me to stop using the word "fabulous"?
17 of his 31 points have come in four (extremely entertaining) victories. Complex computations reveal that the other 14 have come in the remaining 25- Making for a pace, in all actuality, that lags his potential. He's been held pointless in seven of the Stars' last nine games, recording a -5 rating in those contests.
That's a lot of nits to pick about a guy that has 31 points in 29 games, but that's where the West stands. That's the demand placed on these very young men that must lead this season and into the future as well. It's harsh, but it is their task.
Shoot the Puck, Rook
The exploits of "Big Val" (increasingly Ralph's term of endearment for the rookie, quickly becoming my favorite) have been entertaining to say the least, and he seems to be blooming before our very eyes as teenager in a foreign land. It's pretty remarkable.
But the young man could stand to get the puck on net a little more often, and it will come with time. #43 has just 43 shots on the year- Compare to 112 for linemate Jamie Benn (who, of course, should have more).
His recent shot totals: 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3 (variety...), 1, 0, 1... And so on. Just think of what he'll produce when he increases on his token 1.5 chances per game.
Poo Poo on Peluso
Twitter thundered with Jets apologists yesterday extolling the virtues of a good, clean hit on Alex Goligoski. I don't think so. That's the definition of boarding, and hitting a defenseless player. He nailed him right between the numbers, therefore from behind.
Word on a possible fine or suspension will come down shortly. The facts that he got a major, a game misconduct, caused his team to lose the game, and Goligoski's return suggest there may not be a significant punishment to me, but we'll see.
The elder statesman of the Stars' blue line recorded a nice four-point night in Winnipeg, has six points in his last five games and a +3 rating in that span to claw his way back to... hmmm, -6 on the season.
He continues to criss-cross over the line where positive possession metrics are concerned, having his good nights and his bad. (See here at Extraskater.com) Will the recent swell in his point total and the added responsibility without Daley and Robidas inspire him to find his game on a more consistent basis? Here's hoping.
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