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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Warning Signs (And One Good Trend) From The Vancouver Loss

Saad Yousuf examines the Stars’ poor penalty discipline and improved 5-on-5 play. Plus, the Blackhawks’ coaching change, Carey Price’s return, and more.

NHL: NOV 07 Stars at Canucks Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Dallas Stars will come home from Canada with three points out of a possible six. It’s better than coming home with none at all, but what the Vancouver Canucks loss revealed about the team’s underlying problems was not especially encouraging.

The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf examined the Stars’ surface issues in last night’s game and found deeper issues – including some that shouldn’t be. Take, for example, the string of penalties that led directly to power-play goals for the opposing squad:

The Stars are a veteran team, the oldest roster in the NHL. If there are concerns about looking slow or losing a step, it at least makes sense. A veteran group like this should not be struggling with something as basic as discipline....

What’s just as concerning as the penalties is who is committing these infractions. Over the past two games, [Ryan] Suter and Jani Hakanpaa have two apiece. Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Radek Faksa, Blake Comeau and Luke Glendening each have one, as do Miro Heiskanen and Joel Kiviranta. The way this roster is constructed, veteran players have to be more disciplined than that. Many of these penalties, such as Suter, Heiskanen, Faksa, Comeau and Glendening, are also double-whammies. Giving an opponent a man advantage is hard enough but when the guy in the box is a key part of the penalty kill, naturally, it’s harder to kill off the penalty.

If there were a sign of hope to be found, it came from the team’s 5-on-5 play – which looked authentically dangerous at key moments:

Lately, there have been a lot of questions about why the Stars were unable to start games the right way. On Sunday, they actually came out of the gate strong offensively at five-on-five and were getting quality looks all across the lineup, including two great shots generated by the Comeau, Glendening and Kiviranta line. The Benn, Tyler Seguin and Radulov line also had a little buzz going, and the top line was doing its usual thing as Roope Hintz’s usual bad luck continued. When the Stars got on the power play, Joe Pavelski shoved the puck home to give Dallas a 1-0 lead....

“At the end of the day, the five-on-five game, that’s where we’ve really got to find it,” Pavelski said. “Special teams got to be good, but we’ve got to start winning that five-on-five game more often than we are.”

There’s more behind the paywall – including some catching up with former Stars and current Canucks Jason Dickinson and Justin Dowling. [The Athletic DFW]


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