The Dallas Stars were two wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup in what we thought was one of the wildest seasons of our generation. That lasted less than a full season as this current NHL campaign has posed to be even more insane than we could have imagined.
A delayed start, a 4-0 run, another delay due to inclement weather in Dallas, and one of the longest streaks of Stars hockey without a goal, ever. We haven’t even hit the halfway point. Now, not only do the Stars have to play a borderline unhealthy amount of games in a short amount of time, they have to do it against teams they seemingly can’t remember how to play hockey against in the Central Division brought to you by Discover. (Sorry for that grammatical roller coaster I just took you on.)
Thursday nights tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets went about to exactly the way I expected it to. Decent skating with zero offense to show for it. Until the midway through the third period when the Stars did the unthinkable. They scored. Twice even. As to give fans the ultimate tease of hope. Only to have it smashed away like a fresh bowl of guacamole. (You have to pay extra for that.)
To make matters worse, I had to look at what I can only describe as the love child between the nun from The Conjuring and The Night King from Game of Thrones. Patrik Laine. Nightmare fuel.
All that being said, I’m panicking. Full on, no holds barred, elimination chamber WWE match,
panicking. Thursday’s game was how I’m afraid the rest of the season may go for my home team Stars. Find some sense of the winning formula, add skates like Seguin and Radulov back to the mix, Bishop bounces back to the starting roster, fire on all cylinders. Then as it Stars fans did something wrong in a past life, it will all be for not and the Stars will miss the playoffs. Call me dramatic but it’s hard to feel excited about this team right now and the odds seemed to be stacked against the boys in victory green.
I come to you humbly, hockey gods, and offer you my sincerest apologies for whatever it is my people have done. That being said, Sabres fans still have it worse than us. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.