The Dallas Stars played one of the NHL’s archetypal new-look teams and couldn’t out-speed them. The 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning may not have been as bad as the score, but it highlights how much the Stars have to do to regain their own place among the league’s high scorers.
Stars senior staff write Mike Heika suggests that the Stars just aren’t meshing gears well enough to close the deal on scoring opportunities:
Yes, they created scoring opportunities. Yes, they counter-attacked and had the super-fast Lightning on their heels at times. Yes, they did a lot of things that will eventually lead to wins.
But they just seemed a step off too often. They seemed to miss on passes through the neutral zone. They seemed to miss on bang-bang plays at the net. They seemed to miss when they really could have made a play that could have changed the game.
Head coach Jim Montgomery puts his finger on passing:
“Watching us lately you wouldn’t say that’s a strength of our’s,” Montgomery said of the passing game. “It’s something that we’re continuing to get better at. Passing has a lot to do with it, but when you’re not scoring goals it can affect the passing of your team, as well. I don’t think we’re a poor passing team, but the two games before tonight, we didn’t skate well so we’re not making good plays and you start to lose confidence in your ability to make plays, which affects your passing.”
There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]
Monty liked what he saw last night (give or take about three goals), but he wants more and better.
"We played a good brand of hockey, we're just struggling to score goals right now." Monty acknowledged the lack of scoring but he liked the Stars approach tonight. pic.twitter.com/OV82Efjxwo— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 16, 2019
After six power plays and no scoring, Jamie Benn got extra-salty in the media scrum.
ICYMI, Sean Shapiro runs down what to expect from Andrew Cogliano:
What do the Stars have in newly-acquired forward Andrew Cogliano? @seanshapiro spoke to scouts and went through video to get an idea of whether the team improved by trading Devin Shore.https://t.co/TJgVAMXJwL— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) January 15, 2019
Around The League(s)
Life And #Death
- The St. Louis Blues got the loser point but couldn’t solve Robin Lehner in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders. [St. Louis Game Time]
- A Viktor Arvidsson hat trick jump-started a season high in goals for the Nashville Predators, who defeated the Washington Capitals 7-2 at home. [On The Forecheck]
- LW Jason Zucker and goalie Alex Stalock brought the last-minute heroics as the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in the shootout. [Hockey Wilderness]
- And the Winnipeg Jets showed how to do special teams in their 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. [Knights On Ice]
Joe Thornton scored in his 1,000th game with the San Jose Sharks, which also featured a Tomas Hertl hat trick, and I’ll just let you bat this one out of the park.
Here’s a great question, and you should share your answers in the comments, too.
Who the $@^&*# (heck) do you think it is?— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) January 16, 2019
Let us know who and why in the reply and your answer could be featured on the new episode of the Hockey Night in Canada podcast:https://t.co/QImCKTXFT7 pic.twitter.com/ZkokRZT92p
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Former Star Mike McKenna has a new Philadelphia Flyers mask, and it includes a little something for Gritty fans. Enjoy.