We need fun facts like a Sheldon Souray slapshot to the face, but here’s some to consider for just how listless this Stars team seems to be today:
SLAPSHOT #1 (aka The Warmup - 65 mph)
The Stars have allowed five or more goals against in three straight games (all losses). They’ve done it 17 times this season so far, with seven of those games coming in their last 13. (That’s nearly once every other game. That’s painful.)
SLAPSHOT #2 (aka The Heater - 85 mph)
The Stars have won just nine games on the road so far this season and taken another four to extra time. That, as much as anything else, has contributed to where the Stars find themselves in the standings today.
SLAPSHOT #3 (aka The Big Kahuna - 105 mph)
The Stars have collected 25 of a possible 62 points since the calendar flipped to 2017 (or, 40% of available points.) Prior to January 1, the Stars collected points at a 51% pace (39 out of a possible 76).
So for those hoping the fresh slate of new year would see improvement, you’ve been vastly disappointed in 2017 to date.
The Canucks aren’t doing much better these days. They’re currently just one point ahead of the Stars in the standings, and are coming off of a loss in which they took a 3-2 lead into the third period only to have the Boston Bruins score four unanswered (including an empty netter) for a brutal 6-3 loss.
Tonight’s game will be the last in a five game homestand for the Canucks in which they are winless with a 0-2-2 record. They’ll be looking to close out this string of home games with a win for their fan base while the Stars will be looking to end a three game winless streak of their own.
The only impact the matchup tonight has on the standings is for draft positioning, with both squad’s chances at making the playoffs somewhere south of 0.03% today.
One thing to look forward to for the Stars faithful is the potential call-up of Julius Honka. General manager Jim Nill did a radio interview a few days ago and indicated that Honka should get playing time the last 8-10 games of the season. With the team in the middle of a road trip, we’d peg Honka’s call-up to start next Monday when the team returns home to take on the San Jose Sharks.