It’s safe to say that everything has gone according to plan except their overall record. Let’s take a look at week one.
That’s a pretty good way to put it, Josh Clark. It does seem like the Stars have been playing pretty well- not great by any means, but not terribly either. They’re generating a ton of shots and scoring chances, possessing and moving the puck pretty well, playing much better on special teams then last year, but they’re just not scoring...which is kind of a vital part of winning. It seems like they’ll be dominating a game for long stretches, but then when the momentum (whether or not you believe in it) swings the other teams way, as Craig Ludwig pointed out on Thursday, they just scramble for several shifts in a row and give up goals.
Furthermore, while it seems like every other team in the league is scoring 7 goals a game, the Stars seem to have faced the only goalies that are having a strong start:
But a large sum of it can be chopped up to almost unbelievable goaltending on the other end. On opening night, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 45-46 (.978 SV%). One night later, Jake Allen turned aside 38-40 (.950 SV%). And last night, Pekka Rinne kept out 30-31 (.968 SV%).
Hopefully, this is all an aberration and things will turn around soon. I keep telling myself that a 1-3-0 stretch in February wouldn’t seem nearly as bad as it does when 1-3-0 is the entire record.
See more of Josh Clark’s early season takeaways here.
Sean Shapiro opens up the Mailbag to answer some questions:
Even if he was delivering devastating news, I think Razor could still make me smile:
"Here we are again. Back of the bus, explaining an L. Gonna change, but it ain't gonna change overnight." pic.twitter.com/2Mitc8ytYU— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 13, 2017
The return of Dan Hamuis could cause some shakeups in the Stars’ d-men pairings:
Stars D-pairs at practice:— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 13, 2017
Here’s a little more on what to expect on defense tonight:
Ralphie is back in the booth!
...for the Zoomies.
John Klingberg got his pizza delivery on as part of the Stars’ 25 acts of kindness:
Here’s a little more on the initiative:
The Other 30
Down Goes Brown’s Friday Grab Bag has some fun “facts” from the 1917-1918 NHL season, an awkward call between the first Aussie hockey player and his PM, and some excellent goalie slashing highlights:
NHL goalie and Twitter afficionado Roberto Luongo is moving up on the all time list:
Have a good weekend, everyone. Hook ‘em Horns or Boomer Sooner, depending on where your allegiances lie (Go Navy!).