What kind of hockey team are the Dallas Stars? In 2015-16, Lindy Ruff led a high-flying offense who would be willing to give up five goals so long as they could score six. Last season, it was the opposite, as Ken Hitchcock focused on defensive, shut-down hockey that would try and outlast opponents in low scoring matches.
But under rookie head coach Jim Montgomery? Who knows?
...There are still so many question marks about this team. With Montgomery the third coach in three seasons and coming in with no NHL experience, there have been expected growing pains. He has been honest in his assessment, and when asked what kind of team he has, he paused for a second.
”That’s a good question,” he said. “I can’t say we know what type of team we are.”
If there’s anything we can takeaway from the Stars, it’s that they’re a fantastic home team, sporting a strong 10-3-1 record at the American Airlines Center. And perhaps this return to Dallas is just what they need to get back on their feet:
The Stars have been an offensive dynamo at home, where they average 3.58 goals per game -- almost a goal and a half more than on the road. So if they can continue that pace and start getting some confidence, then maybe they can be a positive puck possession team.
You can read more in Mike Heika’s place here
If I were you, I’d want to permanently erase Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche from my brain. But I’m not, so here:
At least there was one good takeaway from it?
At 5v5 last night for Benn-Seguin-Gurianov, per @NatStatTrick:— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) December 16, 2018
5-2 scoring chances for.
4-0 high-danger chances for.
Want Razor or Heika to answer your Stars questions? Here’s your chance:
Got questions? These guys may have answers. @Razor5Hole and @MikeHeika will be answering fan questions on our next episode of Rinky Dinking. Submit them using #RinkyDinking! pic.twitter.com/FPgrY3wRc5— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 17, 2018
It was fairly busy in the Central last night, with three different division rivals taking the ice:
- In a battle of Stanley Cup contenders, the Winnipeg Jets edged out the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime. [Raw Charge]
- Obviously jealous of how many goals the Stars gave up Saturday, the St. Louis Blues decided to let in one more and lose 7-2 to the Calgary Flames. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
- They’ll have to try better than that, however, to beat the Chicago Blackhawks to the bottom, who also let up seven in a 7-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. [Fear the Fin]
And just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for the former champs:
Corey Crawford suffered a concussion during the Blackhawks' loss to the Sharks, according to head coach Jeremy Colliton.https://t.co/z9eOMzrJrK— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 17, 2018
Look on the bright side, Chicago fans; at least you have this story to tell from the weekend:
Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk involved in fan altercation https://t.co/BlIYemrkWM— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) December 16, 2018
This makes me a sad panda:
Key takeaway from this article — don’t root for Jason Robertson to win the CHL scoring title:
Just because a player led major junior in scoring doesn't mean they're destined for #NHL stardom. Here's a look at the CHL's past 10 leading scorers, and what they're doing this season. https://t.co/tf0ieOEB4s pic.twitter.com/kvsNd4VVcG— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) December 16, 2018
The Philadelphia Flyers have already made a GM change. Is a head coaching change next?
Will Flyers’ disastrous road trip spell end for Hakstol? https://t.co/yL948Etehc— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) December 17, 2018
Finally, I would like to apologize to Taylor in advance for what I’m about to do the comment section:
Bruins were 3-0-0 in the Gemel Smith era. Now 0-2-0 without him.— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) December 17, 2018