The Dallas Stars, or what's left of them, soldier on against yet another Central Division rival this evening as they visit Winnipeg to take on the Jets.
Dallas dropped their third overtime game of the season already in Chicago Sunday night, needing a miracle last-second tally in regulation to push the game to extra-time, but they couldn't score on their 4-on-3 power play in OT as their extra-time woes linger.
As they head up to Winnipeg the big news is on the financial side of the game as Jacob Trouba ended his holdout yesterday, agreeing to a two-year, $6 million bridge deal that could see him back in the lineup sooner than Stars fans woud like.
That's bad news, as the Jets have been all the Stars can handle and more this year so far- We've a fair a bit of data now, this being the third meeting with the Jets already- And the returns aren't quite what you'd like to see.
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin- AKA, the Stars' attack these days- Are a combined -15 in the Corsi (shot attempts for/against) at even strength against Winnipeg, both having recorded negative numbers in both contests to date.
Dustin Byfuglien led the way last time up north with his team attempting 34 shots on Antti Niemi while the big defenseman or forward or whatever was on the ice.
Speaking of guys that go both ways- Patrik Nemeth started the game Sunday as a forward, underscoring the seriousness of the Stars' injury woes. He recorded a conservative 7:25 in ice time and managed three shots on goal. With no bodies seemingly returning any time soon it will be interesting to see what Lindy Ruff does with his forward group that's offensively challenged.
Taking out what was certainly anomaly against the Blues at home last week, the Stars have managed just 11 goals in their last seven contests. The Jets have had a little more luck of late, but not much. They put five on the Wings on the road, three on the Capitals and just two on the Rangers in their latest loss.
The Jets have not scored on the power play since last these teams met- Twice that night on the rather generous seven opportunities the Stars afforded them. They've whiffed on their last 17 advantages and managed to not even earn one on the road in Detroit where the Wings got three.
Their penalty kill, on the other hand, has been a bright spot. Since allowing the Stars power play goals in each of the home-and-home series they've surrendered just one to the Capitals in overtime when they inexplicably let #8 get to his spot. They didn't the Rangers a single try on the job Sunday night.
Their lineup has been something like this, but as we say, could include Trouba on D if everything works out as they'd like- After all, when you agree to give someone six millions dollars you prefer to start getting value as soon as possible.
And oh by the way, Tyler Myers has been out but looks like a player tonight- Because that's what happens when the Stars come by, seemingly. RFA's give up and guys get healthy, so long as they don't play for Dallas. Welcome to 2016-2017.
From Stars PR:
IT'S ONLY THE SEGUIN-ING
Stars forward Tyler Seguin registered a goal (1-0=1) against the Blackhawks on Sunday and has six points (2-4=6) over his last four games. Seguin shares eighth in the NHL with 13 points (6-7=13) in 12 games this season and is tied for 10th with six goals. He shared a game-high on Sunday night with seven shots on goal and has recorded 31 shots in his last six games and 40 over his last eight. The 24-year-old leads the Stars and ranks fifth in the NHL with 50 shots on goal this season. The forward has points in eight-straight games against the Jets (6-6=12), the longest active point streak by any player in the NHL against the Winnipeg franchise. Seguin has tallied 23 points (13-10=23) over his 15 career contests against the Jets in a Stars uniform and has registered points in all seven road games he's played at MTS Centre with the Stars (8-8=16). Over his entire NHL career, he has recorded 27 points (15-12=27) in 25 total contests against the Winnipeg franchise.
I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO BE KLING
Stars defenseman John Klingberg recorded an assist (0-1=1) on Sunday night against Chicago and now has points in three of his last four games (2-2=4). Klingberg leads all Stars defensemen with 7 points (2-5=7) in 12 games this season and ranks first on the club with an average of 23:35 time on ice per game. The blueliner is riding a two-game point streak away from American Airlines Center (0-2=2) and has registered a point in four of his six road games this season (0-4=4). Klingberg enters Tuesday's contest with 10 points (3-7=10) in five career road games against Winnipeg, including three multi-point contests at MTS Centre. The blueliner registered a career-high four points (2-2=4) on Jan. 31, 2015 in his first-ever road game against the Jets, helping lead the Stars to a 5-2 victory. Over his NHL career, Klingberg has skated in 11 games against Winnipeg and has recorded 13 points (4-9=13), his highest career totals in points, goals and assists against any NHL club.
Stars forward Gemel Smith potted two goals (2-0=2) vs. the Blackhawks on Sunday, recording his first and second career NHL goals. Smith has points in his last two contests (2-1=3) and is now riding his first NHL point streak. The rookie has skated in all seven of his career NHL games this season, recording three points (2-1=3) and 13 shots on goal. The native of Toronto, Ont., was originally selected by the Stars in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and has spent the last two seasons with the Texas Stars (AHL), recording 53 points (23-30=53) in 133 contests. Prior to being recalled by Dallas earlier this season, Smith skated in three games during the 2016-17 AHL season with Texas and recorded a goal (1-0=1).