I want to first say my sincerest thoughts are with Aaron Ekblad. No matter what crest is on the front of a sweater, you never want to see something like what we saw during Sunday’s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers. I think I speak for everyone at The Morning Skate when I say we are hoping for a speedy and full recovery.
The Stars are currently only four points out of a playoff spot in the NHL’s Central Division. Oh, I almost forget. “Presented by Discover.” Phew, almost made Bettman hop off of his chair filled with phone books to make him look like a big boy. As I was saying, four points separates the Stars from achieving their goal of returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but, can you tell by the way they are playing? I can’t.
Sunday’s game ended with the Panthers on the winning side of the ice, 4-1. Leaving Stars fans bewildered and disappointed as they roll into another work week.
The worst part of Sunday’s loss? The post-game interviews. The body language, the cadences, the attitudes. All lacked any spark, sadly, much like their play on the ice. Most telling? Head coach Rick Bowness. Talk about a “Kicked puppy” look.
The once Cinderella team of the Stanley Cup bubble extravaganza now looks like they would be happy to just have the season end today. Leave it all behind and chalk it up as a loss. It leaves one to wonder, if and when Ben Bishop and Tyler Seguin are given the green light, do they risk coming back only to play a handful of games and miss the postseason?
Or do they both sit out this season and just hope for a full bill of health in the next full 82-game season? It’s a sad prediction but it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t se either Star suit up this season.
With Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov being game-time decisions for the remainder of the season, it seems as if the playoffs are 40 points away rather than 4. With the second half of the season underway, the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline will show just what Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars think of themselves heading into the home stretch. It may not be what fans want but hey, like I always say. We could be Sabres fans.