What the heck happened on Tuesday?
In the Stars game, I mean.
When you stop and take a peak under the covers (on a fine site like hockeystats.ca, for instance) you see some pretty positive stuff.
The Stars out-attempted them 61-59. The big three (being misters Benn, Seguin and Klingberg) recorded even-strength Corsi percentages of 78%, 69% and 67%- Monster nights in that department. The shots were pretty much even at 31-30 in favor of the Jets. The power play was working a little bit on a nice 2-for-5 night. Pretty good signs all around.
And oh yeah, they lost 8-2, and had two goaltenders surrender four goals each.
"I made a lot of personal mistakes," Tyler Seguin told media afterward. "Five goals that I am accountable for. Four I could have made a difference on and another I took a stupid penalty on."
We're still fact-checking that math, but the message was clear as the leaders (what few are suited up these days) got out in front of the media and took ownership.
"We all have to look in the mirror and figure it out," a visibly disturbed Jamie Benn added.
Dallas roared ahead of the Jets to the tune of a 27-13 shot attempt advantage Tuesday night. The score was 2-1, but they had the puck on their sticks and they just needed to stick with it. But as last season on the rare occasion that things weren't clicking, when things didn't go right for them it went downhill in a rather large hurry.
That element of their game needs to get ironed out. They have not been plagued, I'd argue, by bad starts- But rather when they're not rewarded early enough, often enough, things unravel.
That is, perhaps, unfair, given the talent that not's on the ice and the apparently impaired status of some who are- Nevertheless, the team's main malfunction is an inability to find the back of the net.
If you take out the little six-goal outburst against the Blues, which at this point is irrefutably shown to be an aberration, the Stars have scored five even-strength goals in their last (otherwise) 18 periods. Five times in 18 periods.
Last season the Stars led the league in 5-on-5 scoring with 167 goals. This season so far they sit in 26th place with just 18 such markers.
There was no practice to report on yesterday and there is at least a chance that Jason Spezza could play tonight- No word on if that would be a 75% Spezza (like Pizza) or a 95% Spezza- We'll see what comes out of morning skate.
These game previews are starting to sound like the bankruptcy era Stars. Speaking of which-
Yes, old Gully and his pesky, pacey new team the Calgary Flames await the Stars this evening. Gulutzan had been keeping himself busy with the Canucks until Bob Hartley was shown the door this summer.
His Flames are floundering a bit, like the Stars and own a very Dallas-like 5-8-1 mark on the year. Also like your heroes, they've been struggling to find the back of the net, being held to one or fewer goals in four of their last five games.
They're 2-4-0 at home this season, though they've scraped out wins against the Sharks, Blackhawks and Blues, which is no easy thing.
You could say three really nice things about their power play- And that would be to mention each of the three games in which Calgary has scored a power play goal this year. Three games. They'll be looking to get healthy against a Stars team that's allowed 13 power play goals already this season, including three to the Laine and whoever else plays for the Jets on Tuesday.
Their lineup, where the ex-Stars don't stop with just Gully, oh no...
Notable injuries- Kris Versteeg, Lance Bouma. Hunter Shinkaruk was recalled do to Bouma's injury.
From Stars PR:
THE ROUS IS ON THE LOOSE
Stars forward Antoine Roussel recorded an assist (0-1=1) against the Jets on Tuesday night and now has points in three consecutive games (0-3=3). His current point streak ties the longest assist streak of his NHL career (last: Nov. 6 - 11, 2014) and marks his longest point streak since he recorded points in three-straight games (2-1=3) from Dec. 29, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015. Roussel leads the NHL with 47 penalty minutes this season and has recorded six points (1-5=6) in 13 games, sharing fifth on the club with five assists. During the 2015-16 season, he ranked sixth in the League with 123 penalty minutes and was one of six NHLers to record at least 20 points and 100 penalty minutes, and one of two (along with Scott Hartnell) to do so in each of the last three seasons. The native of Roubaix, France has skated in 12 career contests against the Calgary Flames and has posted four points (2-2=4).
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Stars captain Jamie Benn has five points (0-5=5) over his last five games. Benn leads the club and ranks 16th in the NHL with a 56.2% faceoff percentage (81-of-144). He has points in eight of his last 10 games (7-9=16) against the Flames, including a goal (1-0=1) in the most recent game against Calgary on Jan. 25, 2016 at American Airlines Center. The forward has points in eight of his 10 career contests at the Saddledome (6-9=15) including a career-best six-point outing (1-5=6) in Calgary on Nov. 14, 2013. His 15 points (7-8=15) against the Flames since the start of the 2013-14 season is tied for the fourth-most by any player in the NHL over that span. The native of Victoria, B.C. has recorded 26 points (13-13=26) in 23 career games against Calgary. His 13 career goals against the Flames is tied for the most he's potted against any NHL opponent (other: Edmonton).