‘Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature was stirring except the Dallas Stars’ offense. The Stars are in 1st place out of everyone in the Central Division. This recent road trip is a big reason why. The Stars are not home for the Holidays so much minus the last two games and yet still they are tops. They are also the 4th best offense in the league. This is turning out to be a December to remember for the Stars with how things are going lately. Their recent road trip is a huge reason for the top division spot and deserves another look.
Falling Seconds Short in the Pit
The 20-9-6 Stars should have no more than 8 losses but they fell short during the 59th minute in Pittsburgh. Surrendering a goal during a tie game in the final minute is a death blow to the final point tally on the season but that’s what they did. Evgeni Malkin buried the game-winner with 35 seconds remaining, preventing the Stars from getting at least a point. The rest of the road trip turned out a lot better.
To Save Us All From Satan’s Power
The New Jersey Devils are shocking everyone with a team out of the depths of the black lagoon’s claw. The Stars gave a 4-1 loss to the 22-10-2 Devils with a brilliant performance from depth scorers Dellandrea, Lindell, and Marchment. The Devils will likely be a playoff team so how about a 2000 Stanley Cup Final rematch?
Capitalizing on the Capitals
Heading into the 3rd period with a deficit always doesn’t have the best odds in walking away with a win but the Stars did so. Goals from Jamie Benn and Colin Miller less than 2 minutes apart sealed the deal.
Finishing Off With a 3-1-1 Road Trip
This was a great road trip despite the single regulation loss to the Penguins. An overtime loss to Carolina followed by a win against Columbus made this a successful road trip. Getting 70% of the available points especially after a long road trip will do wonders in the playoff race.
Jason Robertson already has 50 points in 35 games this season. This number leads the Stars as the 4th best offense in the league. The Stars continue to be a good hockey team week in and out. Perhaps the biggest surprise is rookie Wyatt Johnston with his 10 goals. The Stars are continuously finding ways to win games and look for more with three left in 2022. Let’s see what 2023 has in store.
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