The Dallas Stars suffered their first imperfection in the fresh season on Saturday night, giving up four goals to the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-1 loss. There are numerous reasons why. Only eleven shots on goal, sloppy play, and looking flat are all major issues in the Stars play during their first road game. But, not all is lost.
Now let me preface. This is not a knock on the Stars faithful overall. This is for the select few that are already tweeting and facebooking their opinions. “Well we suck!” I have news for you. The Stars don’t suck. Did we want them to do the unthinkable and go 56-0? Yes. I am guilty of such accusations, but one loss is not the end of the season. I am hoping that this article is more of a wake up call then a slap to the face. Imagine having one bad day at work and quitting. It makes no sense.
All in all last night sucked. No one likes to see their home team take the L at any point in the season. That being said, much like the Reddit heathens catapulting stocks like AMC and Gamestop, we must hold the line. Hold. The. Line. Take this as your sign to remain steadfast during all styles of storms, even Hurricanes.
Speaking of Hurricanes, the Stars will try to balance out the weekend with a win on Sunday night at 4 PM CST. Jamie Benn was placed on IR retroactive to Opening Night after leaving the game between the second and third period due to a lower body injury. Benn was a game-time decision on Saturday night and was ultimately left off the roster. Coach Bowness has stated once again that Benn is a game-time decision, but Benn’s return would almost totally round out their inured players returning. As we saw Blake Comeau and Roope Hintz make their returns to the ice on Saturday. That would leave Joel Kiviranta being the last in line to make their return to the Stars from the IR.
I say once again, assuming you have read this far. This is not a negative response. This is a call to arms. A time to stand strong and support the boys in victory green. This team knows what it’s like to be down, but they don’t like being out. Look for a strong game on Sunday afternoon where they carry over the physical tone of Saturday’s tilt.