ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a while since we checked in with the Dallas Stars.Ã‚Â Like the DallasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ football team, the Stars have been, well, average.Ã‚Â They have an 8-7-2 record headed into Wednesday nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game at Edmonton.Ã‚Â The season is still young and the team has played ten of their first seventeen games on the road, but it still hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been the start that the team nor Stars fans expected.
The StarsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ recent three game road trip was a success with the team winning all three games (4-3 @ Ottawa, 3-2 @ Boston and 4-3 @ Detroit).Ã‚Â In fact, prior to last SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 5-2 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Stars previous four games finished either in overtime or a shootout.
One reason for the Stars near .500 record this season is their power play.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lacking to say the least.Ã‚Â Through five games in November, Dallas has just one power play goal.Ã‚Â They have just seven power play goals on the year.Ã‚Â That simply will not get the job done.
Injuries also have plagued the team.Ã‚Â Goalie Kari Lehtonen has missed time this year, one reason why the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 3.0 GAA (Goals Allowed on Average) is as high as it is.Ã‚Â Forward Ray Whitney was just place on injured reserve with a lower body injury.Ã‚Â Center Tyler Seguin is a little banged up.Ã‚Â Things should get better as the season progresses, but right now the Stars are just a little bit on the unhealthy side.
Though Seguin is a little nicked up, he has been a very good acquisition for the Stars.Ã‚Â He is tied for the team lead with 16 points along left wing Jamie Benn and leads the team with seven goals.Ã‚Â Benn also has had a superb start to the season with ten assists and six goals.Ã‚Â Ever since he got his contract last year, he has really stepped up his play.Ã‚Â There is always room for improvement, especially from other members of the team, but consistent play like Seguin and Benn have provided will help get the Stars to where they want to be at the end of the year, and that of course is the playoffs.
This week, the Stars embark on a three game road trip through western Canada, taking on CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s western conference foes.
- @ Edmonton Wednesday, November 13 10 PM ET
- @ Calgary Thursday, November 14 9 PM ET
- @ Vancouver Sunday, November 17 8 PM ET
The trip through Canada is never easy, but Edmonton and Calgary are each at the bottom of the western conference should Dallas win both of those games.Ã‚Â Vancouver will be a challenge, but the Stars certainly can get by them.Ã‚Â At the end of Sunday night, the Stars will be done with twenty games, almost a quarter of the way through their season.Ã‚Â Thirteen of their twenty games will have been on the road.Ã‚Â They certainly can make up some ground when they get a stretch of home games.Ã‚Â The Stars will also get some rest after Sunday night with their next game not coming up until Thursday, November 21.Ã‚Â Of course, where the Stars stand at that point, and how they play the rest of the year is truly written in the stars.