It’s December, Stars fans, and our team has yet to put together a winning streak longer than two games. I’m not sure when your “break glass for panic” moment is, but mine might be approaching faster than I’d like.
1. Well, as we all know at this point
The only time this season the Stars have won back-to-back games featured a victory over the Flames. A win tonight and they do it again.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) December 7, 2016
They have no trouble stringing together a losing streak, but as previously stated, longest win streak the Stars have been on this season is two, which can hardly be called a streak. Those games were November 10 and 11, a back-to-back in Calgary and Edmonton.
Call me the hot take police, but uh, the Stars are gonna need to start stringing some wins together.
2. If there’s one bright spot
Curtis McKenzie is reeeeally playing like he doesn't want to be a healthy scratch any more. Been great since coming back into the lineup— Derek Neumeier (@Derek_N_NHL) December 7, 2016
Spoilers, that game did not have bright spots. But Curtis McKenzie’s goal last night was certainly a less dark spot, let’s say. It’s his second in as many games.
This is the first time in his NHL career that Curtis McKenzie has scored in back-to-back games. Tonight is his 57th game and his 7th goal.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) December 7, 2016
3. There’s a lot that’s wrong here
here is how the 2-on-0 came to be pic.twitter.com/1vRrkNEatQ— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 7, 2016
This is another one I’m really hesitant to pin solely as Kari Lehtonen’s fault. The decision making here on the part of a couple of his victory green brethren leaves a lot to be desired.
Glen Gulutzan on the amount of breakaways for the Flames. pic.twitter.com/XLCWLPLbx4— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 7, 2016
Glen Gulutzan, head coach of the Calgary Flames, lost track of how many times we allowed his team to get breakaways.
4. Valid question
WhY dOEs tHe OTHer TEAM havE feWer ShOTS but MOrE GOalZ?— Brad Gardner (@bradgardnerDBD) December 7, 2016
The answer here may be shot quality. Graphs at hockeyviz.com have the high danger scoring chances 14-10 Calgary at even strength and 4-2 Calgary on special teams. Reminder, high danger scoring chances are shots taken below the dots in front of the net. You can find an exact drawing of where on our Stats for Art Majors post.
While (obviously) a high danger scoring chance doesn’t guarantee a goal, a higher percentage of those shots result in goals. Being outdone in this category isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Stars and is sometimes a result of our defensive system. When the Stars struggle a lot when they run up against a hot goalie.
5. Another one bites the dust
Ruff said Honka injury "doesn't look serious, but he couldn't play."— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 7, 2016
Julius Honka didn’t play in the last seven minutes of the second period and wasn’t on the bench for the third. Post game he was spotted in the locker room wearing a cast, but apparently that’s just for hitting his teammates with, as Ruff reports the injury isn’t that serious.
6. I can’t say this DIDN’T happen
maybe the stars dropped a spirit stick over the summer and this is why they're cursed— monica (@hheyitsmonica) December 7, 2016
Honestly at this point I’m really reluctant to rule anything out.