I have already touched on this but it’s becoming more and more concerning. The Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3 on Thursday night, forcing bedtimes for us early risers to be pushed to the brim. You can’t reverse the effects of melatonin people. That’s not how it works and WE ARE TIRED. Regardless of the alarm clock ringing on Friday morning, the Stars still managed to squeeze out a victory in a roller coaster of a tilt at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Stars fans, we still need to have a conversation.
A win is a win, and the game on Thursday nights had flashes of what this Stars team could and should be. Miro Heiskanen is currently playing some of the best hockey of his very young career. Tyler Seguin is somehow finding the back of the net, even if it is by just being a body for the puck to deflect off of. Ryan Suter is quietly becoming a pivotal part of the power play with assists in multiple games. Jason Robertson is healthy and makes this Stars team better when he’s on the ice, and Thomas Harley being called up is a promising move that shows the front office is not afraid to make the decision to replace an older set of legs in Andrej Sekera when it’s needed. Those are the positives of Thursday night but there are definitely things to be concerned about even if it does force me to sound like a broken record.
The Arizona Coyotes are the worst team in hockey in this fresh NHL season. They have zero wins. They are playing uninspiring hockey with a roster that knows they are in a full tank/rebuild period. (Someone save Antoine Roussel, he doesn’t deserve this.) Hell, the team may not even exist in Arizona for much longer. They are historically bad. They also have the same amount of regulation wins as the Dallas Stars. You see my concern?
Overtime hockey is by far the most thrilling event in all sports. Three on three hockey with open ice and opportunities for absolutely stunning plays. It’s NOT fun when the Stars can ONLY find a way to win in said thrilling event. The concern lies with a team content on chasing. Even on Thursday night, the Stars found themselves in chase mode after making a rare appearance in the lead once the clock struck all zeroes after the first period.
Look, I am not in full-on panic mode as we are officially 10 games until the season, but it’s hard not to be slightly critical of the way the Stars have gone about gaining any points in the standings. I look back on the October of the 2019-20 season in which the Stars stumbled out of the gate posting a 5-8-1 record. Going on to then deal out a 10-2-1 record. (They would then lose head coach John Montgomery, host a Winter Classic, find themselves in the middle of a pandemic, then lose in the Stanley Cup Finals.) Wild times we are living in.
While 10 games are far too little of a sample size to predict where the Stars will align, a regulation win or two will help balance the forces of fans with their hands shaking over the panic button. (Star Wars humor. You are welcome.) Until doing so, plan on reactive tweets and Facebook posts from Stars fans young and old, just screaming to be heard. Most likely me included.