As badly as the Stars have played in recent games, everything’s just fine. They got the fast start they wanted, tallying at least one point in 11 of 14 games. They currently sit in a playoff spot.
This is different than last year. Last season was just…bad. Nothing was working, the team wasn’t motivated and to top it all off, we had to deal with “Him.” Last season, the Stars couldn’t put together back-to-back wins until December. They’ve gotten back-to-back wins once, but they’ve had back-to-back games where they tallied at least one point.
If it makes you feel any better, my dad (a Stars fan since the very beginning) told me that in 98-99 when the Stars won the Cup, they were bad on Friday nights. That seems to be the trend this year. Is it a coincidence or a sign that something good will happen?
Mo and Lehts will be back soon to give the kids some stability. I think that if Modano had played last night, things would have gone differently.
The only problems I see with the Stars right now is failure to win on home ice consistently and the shootout. For the SO, I say keep Neal, but go with Morrow and Otter. I mean, it can’t hurt to try something new when things aren’t working. Or throw a lineup of Skrastins-Robidas-Barch out there. Whatever will get the job done.
My point is, is that things are different this year. The Stars got the fast start they wanted and that’s what counts.
Last Season: 4-5-2 10 points
This Season: 6-3-5 17 points