The Dallas Stars had an exciting game last night to cap their preseason schedule, even if they did ultimately lose 6-5 to the Colorado Avalanche. Scoring five goals in a game is bound to be exciting, regardless of the outcome.
Some will question the leaky defense, the inability to stop the opposition power play, and the goals against (and rightfully so) in a game that was the closest to two NHL rosters playing one another we’ve seen this preseason.
But there were also positives to last night’s loss, as Sean Shapiro pointed out in his 20/20:
“17. It means nothing, but the Stars finished on top of the Central Division preseason standings with nine points.”
He’s right - preseason means nothing. It’s not enough games for you to draw any real conclusions from, and definitely not enough instances where both teams have their best-of-the-best NHL rosters playing one another. At most we can look at trends and things that are coming to light, such as the aggressive puck-possession style system new head coach Jim Montgomery is implementing or how the penalty kill definitely needs work (eight power play goals against in seven games is not ideal, even if it is small sample sizes.)
We’ve got three more days to get through before the season is here. It allows Montgomery and his staff to get in a few more good practices and hopefully focus on areas the team wants to improve in before the matches start counting for real.
Other Stars News
Miro Heiskanen and Montgomery are both among the storylines to watch this season. [NHL.com]
Shawn O’Roarke might be Stars fans’ new best friend: he predicts the team will win the Central Division. The rest of the NHL staff is split on whether the team even makes the playoffs or not. [NHL.com]
Around The League
Today marks the anniversary of the Vegas mass shooting, a moment not easily forgotten in the country. Having never played a game in the city at that point, the Vegas Golden Knights wasted no time in doing their part to help start the healing process for their hometown. “It meant so much,” Robone said. “It showed that they weren’t just trying to promote the team, they were trying to help the city heal at a time the city needed it most. It created a connection between myself and those guys.” [The Athletic]
Dustin Brown has never been a favorite among Stars fans. He’s been ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger injury on the power play late in the Los Angeles Kings’ last preseason game yesterday. [Jewels From The Crown]
It was announced yesterday that Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals has been offered an in-person hearing for his hit on St. Louis Blues player Oskar Sundqvist, allowing the league to suspend him for six games or more. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
Want to improve your skating? Try rollerblading says Connor McDavid. [TSN]
The St. Louis Blues made a trade this morning. Don’t get too excited - we’re not talking blockbuster here. [St. Louis Blues]
A 6-year-old ranks all of the NHL mascots. (Fun trivia question: which team doesn’t have a mascot at all?) Victor E. Green comes in at 24th and was evaluated as follows: “His name is a pun, so my daddy likes him. He has hockey sticks for antennas. He has one big fluffy green unibrow.” Hard to argue with any of that. [The Athletic]
Is it October yet?