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Dallas Stars: Bring Me Back Something Canadian

Dallas StarsThere are few justices in professional sports these days; this has been proven on various occasions of course. The latest of these though comes from the October 3rd game at American Airlines Center and Dallas vs Nashville.
Quite simply; Dallas played well enough and hard enough to completely deserve a two point starter against the Predators. It ended though 2-2 after regulation and ultimately with a Nashville win after a shootout.

We got a point I guess.

Disappointment though comes in reading the shot differential:
Dallas: 40.
Nashville: 27.

Two schools of thought here.

1) Dallas didn’t take their chances. Having a 5% shooting accuracy just isn’t good enough. It was obviously great to see such a massive number of shots being taken and the new attack-first thing seems to be going OK for a team for whom the concept is entirely alien however, some of these shots need to be sunk if we’re going to avoid last seasons headaches. By the way credit where it’s due; Jamie Benn played really well and took his two goals brilliantly. Way to go kid.

2) Ellis played a blinder. Again credit where it’s due, Dan Ellis was making saves standing on his head after seeing his defense leak shots from all over their own zone. From a Stars point of view though - and with all due respect to Ellis - if we can’t solve Ellis in 40 shots for a convincing win, what chance do we give ourselves against the defense and goaltending of the Flames and Kipprusoff? Or the Devils and Brodeur? Hats off to you though Dan. Excellent statement to open your season.

Final verdict: Realise that less very often means more in the long run. As an example, the Rangers @ Ottawa on October 3rd saw them shoot 6 times less than the Stars with 34 and light the lamp 5 times. That’s the kind of accuracy we need. It is true that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take but it’s also very rare any NHL standard goalie will miss chances that present themselves like a beach ball. Accuracy and deceit in the shot required.

We’re on the road now for the next three games and come up against Edmonton (Tuesday), Calgary (Friday) and Vancouver (Sunday) in our own little whirlwind tour of Canada. If we can come home with four points from the next six, you’ll be able to see me smiling.

NOTES: Mike Modano left the game against Nashville (third period) feeling his midsection. He returned for the shootout but his telling speed was nowhere to be seen and is currently in question for the coming Canada road trip.

Jere Lehtinen remains doubtful for the road trip opener against the Oilers with a groin strain but will be on the trip and hope to make the Flames game.

Brad Richards sat out practice on October 4th (also with a groin issue) but there are no concerns over him making the Oilers game on Tuesday.

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One comment for “Dallas Stars: Bring Me Back Something Canadian”

  1. Sounds like your Stars are employing the same strategy the Sharks installed last season under (then) new head coach Todd McLellan. The idea is simple - you can’t score if you don’t shoot, and the more you shoot the more likely you are to score. The thing is that kind of offense can lead to bad defense the other way, where the opponent has an unusually high goals-to-shots ratio.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 5, 2009, 1:42 pm

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