The season is still young, the Stars are four games in to their 2013-14 campaign, now in their twentieth season in Dallas, and so far the Stars have been average.Ã‚Â 2-2-0.Ã‚Â Here are a few of the story-lines so far this season:
- Tyler Seguin is everything he was advertised to be.Ã‚Â The talent he displayed at times in Boston has shown up so far this season.Ã‚Â Two goals, four assists.Ã‚Â His energy has been there.Ã‚Â His play-making has been there.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s making plays to create chances for others.Ã‚Â So far, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been well worth the investment for Dallas.
- Even split of ice time.Ã‚Â Only one player is averaging over twenty minutes of ice time, defenseman Sergei Gonchar at 20:02.Ã‚Â That means there are a lot of players playing quality minutes for the Stars. This could mean that the Stars are looking for someone or a couple of players to really step up their play and be difference makersÃ‚Â on the ice.Ã‚Â Expect the number to change a couple more weeks from now.
- Dallas really needs Lehtonen.Ã‚Â Goalie Kari Lehtonen left in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets with what the team is calling a lower body injury, and though he picked up the win, the lack of leadership between the pipes was evident Saturday night in a 5-1 loss to Minnesota.Ã‚Â Backup goalieÃ‚Â Dan Ellis gave up all five goals and saw 36 shots in all.Ã‚Â Though Lehtonen is listed as day-to-day, the Stars have called up goalie Jack Campbell from the minor league affiliate Texas Stars.
This week is an old Pacific Division reunion of sorts for the Stars.Ã‚Â Three of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s four games this week are against divisional opponents from last year.Ã‚Â It starts with a game against a new division opponent tonight against the hot Colorado Avalanche.Ã‚Â The Avalanche have really surprised people this year.Ã‚Â This will be a good test for Dallas.Ã‚Â Puck drops at 8 PM CT.
Thursday night the Stars welcome back a familiar foe to American Airlines Arena, the San Jose Sharks.Ã‚Â The Sharks are a talented bunch (undefeated at the time of this post) and have a terrific young star in Tomas Hertl;Ã‚Â he already has seven goals on the year, including a four goal outburst against the New York Rangers October 8.Ã‚Â It will be fun to watch him and Seguin on the ice, and it will be yet another good early test for this Dallas team.Ã‚Â Puck drops at 7:30 PM CT.
Saturday night the Stars travel out west for a renewed acquaintance with the Los Angeles Kings. It is always tough to play the Kings especially at the Staples Center.Ã‚Â Jonathan Quick looms large in the net.Ã‚Â Puck drops at 9:30 PM CT.
The week wraps up with a trip to the L.A. suburb of Anaheim to face the Ducks.Ã‚Â Anaheim, through two weeks has been strong, so Dallas better be ready for a physical match-up on the end of a back-to-back.Ã‚Â Puck drops at 7 PM CT.
None of the games will be easy victories for the Dallas Stars. They will earn every point they get this week. Ã‚Â How it all shakes out at the end of the week will be written in the stars.