The Vegas Golden Knights got their fairytale start to the season against the Dallas Stars at home last night. Now, the Stars head to St Louis to take on their first division rival of the season in the second half of a back-to-back set.
The Stars had several positives that came out of their 2-1 loss last night. Their penalty kill is a perfect 7-for-7 right now, something you probably wouldn’t have read about after a game last season.
Then there’s this:
The Stars didn't have a single skater < 50% corsi 5-on-5 last night? This also blows my mind.— Brad Gardner (@bradgardnerDBD) October 7, 2017
The Knights only had 3 > 50%
In other words, the Stars pretty much dominated the possession side of the game. They put up more shots on goal than the other team, and blocked a lot of shots Vegas put towards their goal. It was a game they probably deserved to win, but Ben Bishop getting cut by a puck to the mask and having to put in a cold Kari Lehtonen after 2+ periods on the bench ended about as expected.
They’ll look to continue the good aspects of the game last night against the Blues tonight.
The Blues will be rested after opening their season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. They blew a 4-2 lead to eventually win in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
A lot of their defensive lapses could be due to the number of players they’re currently missing from their lineup. Alexander Steen is still out with a hand injury, Jay Bouwmeester has a fractured ankle, Patrik Berglund will miss some time after shoulder injury. Robby Fabbri (knee) and F Zach Sanford (shoulder) will likely miss the entire season with their injuries.
That means they’re relying on a lot of youth to step up this season. In some ways, both the Stars and Blues are trying to find their footing. The Blues, with integrating a bunch of players into their system. The Stars, with acclimating new players into a new system.
Puck drops tonight at 7 PM CDT and can be seen on FSSW or listened to on The Ticket.