We don’t need to go into detail with last nights defeat to the Florida Panthers. The Dallas Stars crashed and burned in the final six minutes giving up three goals after being up 2-0 skating into the 3rd period of Thursday nights game. The clock ticking zero could not come soon enough as the Stars took only one game out it three against the red hot Panthers. Next up, defending Stanley Cup champions the Tampa Bay Lightning. Followed by the ever pestering Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Stars have had absolutely zero luck heading into this shortened 56 game NHL season. Coming off their second lengthy delay, Jamie Benn and company showed one of the poorest performances on Monday night. Allowing the most shots on goal since the team landed in Dallas. If it weren’t for the mastodonic performance by goalie Anton Khudobin the score of Monday nights tilt could have easily been teetering on double digits for the home team Panthers. It leads one to ask, what can this team do to steady a rocky ship and turn in some full sixty minute performances? Who can help?
Well, outside of Alexander Radulov (Still on the IR) and Anton Khudobin (God-Tier Status) I think the answer lies on the shoulders two men.
1.) Miro Heiskanen
Heading into his third full season, Heiskanen had Stars fans buzzing and calling for his name to be in the Norris Trophy running. I think it’s safe to say that those breaks have been pumped as Heiskanen has only registered nine assists and amassed 20 shots on goal. Not exactly MVP type numbers after coming off two stellar NHL campaigns. If Heiskanen can find the back of the net and gain that scoring confidence that fellow defenseman John Klingberg has found, it may be the first domino to fall that leads to success in the Stars organization.
2.) Tyler Seguin
Yeah, he’s still a Star. Seguin has been rehabbing an off season surgery to repair a torn labrum. A torn labrum that he skated with well into the Stanley Cup Finals. Before the naysayers start to chirp. You walk around with a torn labrum, let alone skate with one at the NHL level. Relax.
Seguin is tentatively scheduled to return to the Stars in late March/early April. With the absolute brutal schedule the Stars face for the remainder of the NHL season, an extra body in the lineup could make a huge difference. Especially when that extra body is a pillar of your organization for the foreseeable future.
The Stars return to action on Saturday at 6 PM CST.
Keep your eyes peeled for head coach Rick Bowness to shuffle the lines once again and add a few fresh bodies from the revolving door known as the Taxi Squad. It’s a tough time to be a Stars fan but hey, it could be much worse. We could be Sabres fans. Speaking of, mow much for Eichel?