A shutout, four consecutive wins, back-to-back losses, and injuries galore; the Stars have had a roller coaster start to the season, and fans have created bingo cards to keep track of all the ups and downs.

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Jamie Benn, Joel Kiviranta, and Roope Hintz are just a few of the players who suffered injuries and missed several games at the start of the season. The team’s injuries dealt with in the 2019-2020 playoffs led many fans to say, “oh no, not this again.” Hoping for no injuries the remainder of the season, bingo players can cross off the “No Injuries” square if all the Stars finish the game in one piece.

A Star who has been there amongst the injuries is backup goalie Jake Oettinger. He got his first start of the season against Detroit and helped lead the Stars to a win. While Anton Khudobin remains the starting goalie, fans wonder if the 22-year-old will begin to see more ice time during the 2020-2021 season. Every time Oettinger, nicknamed Otter, starts, bingo players can check off that “Otter start” box.

Another player who has earned himself a square is Alexander Radulov. The forward found himself in the penalty box often last season, and fans expect the same aggressive attitude from him this season.

“Alexander Radulov to the box” has already happened twice this season and will undoubtedly happen again.

Another event that fans have highlighted is players changing line positions throughout the game. Head coach Rick Bowness has continued to shift players around the past few games to find the right chemistry between linemates. I think he will continue to do this for a few more games, especially with injured players making their returns. So, next time a player shifts from the third line to the second, fans can cross “lines change” off their boards.

Of course, fans are waiting for a Star to score themselves a hat trick. Forward Joe Pavelski came close against the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring two goals. And, if you ask me, my money is on him to help us cross this box off with a hattie. 

Adding to the uniqueness of this season, I think all Stars fans can agree that games don’t feel the same without seeing 91, Tyler Seguin, out on the ice. We won’t see the forward out on the ice until April, so everyone gets a “Tyler Seguin still out” free space.

The Stars, currently 5-1-1, are beginning to find their groove on the ice, but I think we will continue to see changes in personnel and lines, along with changes in play tactics throughout the season. So, I’m sure fans will be able to continue to mark squares off their boards.
Want to play along? Check out this board made for the Stars 14 games in February.

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One Comment

  1. Maddie Price

    February 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Great article! Definitely going to play along.

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