A team that can’t seem to score this season played a game against a team that can’t seem to stop the other team from scoring. Which one came out on top?
Six guesses, and the first five don’t count.
1. At least something good came of this game.
This is the first time in Lauri Korpikoski's 556-game NHL career that he has scored in three straight games.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) November 13, 2016
I know I talked about Lauri Korpikoski just last game, but here we are again, with another goal and therefore an actual legitimate streak going. And those three goals? Were on his only three shots in the last three games. That’s right, his shooting percentage over three games is 100%. How’s that for efficiency?
2. Who needs feet though
Eaves has more goals than fully healthy feet.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 13, 2016
Apparently Patrick Eaves is still nursing that injured foot from blocking a shot on October 24 and it’s kept him from practicing with the team. Probably due to the fact that Dallas is without so many players in the early going, he has continued to actually play during games, and the injured foot hasn’t seemed to slow him down much in scoring.
If you had told me before the season that a Roussel-Seguin-Eaves line would be the Stars' deadliest, I'd have been very skeptical.— Mancomb Seepgood (@Pat_Iversen) November 13, 2016
In fact, that second line of Antoine Roussel, Tyler Seguin, and Patrick Eaves has been the most effective scoring and positive possession line for the Stars, at least over the last two games. In the three games they’ve been together, they’ve combined for four goals.
3. Let’s talk about score effects
#DALvsVAN Stats After 20:— Owen Newkirk (@OwenNewkirk) November 13, 2016
Goals: 2-1 DAL
SOG: 7-6 DAL
SATs: 15-12 DAL
*QSC: 4-3 DAL
FOWins: 10-8 VAN
#DALvsVAN Stats After 40:— Owen Newkirk (@OwenNewkirk) November 13, 2016
Goals: 3-1 DAL
SOG: 16-14 VAN
SATs: 30-29 DAL
*QSC: 8-7 DAL
FOWins: 20-13 VAN
#DALvsVAN Stats After 60:— Owen Newkirk (@OwenNewkirk) November 13, 2016
SOG: 26-21 VAN
SATs: 51-40 VAN
*QSC: 13-11 VAN
BlkSh: 12-9 DAL
You get three for the price of one here so we can watch the Stars’ stats drop slowly over this game. They lead by 2-1 after the first, and 3-1 after the second, which is also the last time they lead in any stat except blocked shots. And if you’ll remember, leading in blocked shots means that the Stars don’t have the puck.
The Canucks also out-possessed Dallas by quite a bit. Just like last game, there were only five Stars players who were above 50% Corsi For at 5v5 play.
And if you’ll notice, that leap in possession for the Canucks happened in the third period, when they were playing to win and the Stars were playing to survive till the end of the game.
Something something 3-1 lead...— Holly (@holly_holl) November 13, 2016
4. Sir not appearing in the next game
That pillow-soft play on the puck by Oleksiak that led to the goal against is a microcosm of what frustrated some about him as a player.— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) November 13, 2016
Listen, I hate to pick on a player when he’s down, but Jamie Oleksiak did not have himself a good game, and the turnover in the third was, as the tweet says, a microcosm of what frustrates many (including, one would guess, Lindy Ruff) about Oleksiak as a player. He’s got size, he’s got reach, and sometimes he uses that reach to pound people in the face, but his decision making skills on the ice leave a lot to be desired.
A giveaway by Jamie Oleksiak gets Loui Eriksson in on Lehtonen and the puck squeezes through the five hole. 3-2 Stars. pic.twitter.com/6H6MyBZPCP— Dylan Nadwodny (@dnadders) November 13, 2016
It didn’t help that instead of covering a zone, Oleksiak chased the puck into an area Jordie Benn was already defending, leaving Loui Eriksson plenty of room to score.
5. Let’s talk about goaltending
Yo, Kari. CLOSE. YOUR. FIVE. HOLE.— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) November 13, 2016
I don’t want to, but we gotta. Lehtonen let in five goals tonight. Not counting one that got deflected off of Johnny Oduya’s stick, that’s four. And 50% of those goals? Went five hole.
It’s a dead horse that we’ve been beating into the ground for a while now, but the goaltending in Dallas has got to get better. That’s all I’ve got about that.
I think we are witnessing the precise moment when good Kari Lehtonen morphs into bad Kari Lehtonen.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) November 13, 2016
Be better, Stars.
6. And finally
So the good news is that the Stars are taking points from all of the last 3 games.— Carolyn Wilke (@Classlicity) November 13, 2016
The Stars end up with 6 out of a possible 10 points on this road trip, heading back for a four game homestand in Dallas. Could be better, but it could be worse, and it’s a good total to build on.