The Dallas Stars are no strangers to the injury bug. Alternate captain Tyler Seguin and starting goaltender Ben Bishop started the season on the IR list. Opening night claimed the captain Jamie Benn and Finnish phenom Joel Kiviranta. Then, in a lovely turn of events, Roope Hintz was deemed unfit to play (Lower-Body Injury) on Tuesday evening just in time for the Detroit Red Wings to take the ice at the American Airlines Center.
Beep beep went the taxi-squad as the Stars looked to continue their two game winning streak. It was almost painfully obvious how quickly the lines had to be adjusted with the announcement of Hintz being sidelined. Stars defenseman, but also sometimes forward, Mark Pysyk was shifted to the fourth line as a forward. Tanner Kero was slotted back in the lineup along with Justin Dowling, Nick Camaano, and defenseman Joel Hanley. I say once more, beep beep goes the taxi squad. Not to take anything away from the group that took the ice on Tuesday night, but it was a shift in style to the normal Stars hockey we have seen so far.
It was a valiant effort that took sixty plus minutes of hockey. Goalie Anton Khudobin was once again and brick wall built from the strongest fortified pieces of Russian steel known to man, allowing just one goal. That marks only his third goal allowed in three total games so far. Blue liner John Klingberg and Joe Pavelski both collected points in Tuesday nights tilt but ultimately the man of the evening was league wide punching bag, Jason Dickinson.
Dickie has been known to be on the receiving end of punches, pucks, sticks, and bodies to the face on a regular occasion. It has become a running bit of sorts with the Stars fans, but on Tuesday night, Dickie was the one to deliver the KO punch to the Red Wings in overtime. Giving the Stars the extra point and their third win in as many games.
The Stars once again face-off against the Red Wings on Thursday night at 7:30 PM CST and will debut their blackout jerseys for the first time ever. Get your Monster Energy drinks ready to go. It’s glow time.