October is over with haunted houses turning into Christmas festivities. The Dallas Stars enter November on one of their hottest starts in recent memory. Their 6-1-1 record is good enough for an .813% points percentage which is 3rd best in the league. The Stars already started the month off right with a win in Calgary on Tuesday night. This road trip is continuing with a quick turn-around in Edmonton on Wednesday. November’s docket is full of games with 14 in 30 days. There is no rest for the weary and the Stars are the complete opposite with a hot start.
You couldn’t have dreamed up a better start to the season with a 5-1-1 October. The Stars are rolling along in the season start. One thing that needs addressing is their +5 goal differential. They hold a +5 goal differential while accumulating six wins on the season. Their goaltending is fine with a 5th best GAA. Four of their wins so far are by one goal each so they are locking it down. Scoring more is the focus for November.
Five players have seven or more points this year. You would expect this from the top line but Jamie Benn and Wyatt Johnston are adding to the fray. Seven players scored multiple goals but they are getting much-needed depth scoring. 12 players are on the goal list but the offensive production is pretty well evened out. The leading goal amount is a 5-way tie with three goals each. The leading point scorer is a tie between Benn and Hintz with eight. Everyone is contributing to the early success of the team.
The schedule doesn’t allow for much time off in November. The most time off they will get is three days. They’ll play only three Eastern Conference teams out of the 14 games in 30 days. Only five division games are ahead for the month, leaving six games against the Pacific Division. November is a big indicator of what’s in store for the season as the training wheels are coming off. Now is the time to see what this team is made of.
The Stars started off 2020 with a 1-7-1 start. They ended up in the Stanley Cup Final that season. Only time will tell where the Stars end up this season but it’s looking promising. Finding ways to win these games is what’s elevating them up the standings. November hockey is already upon us. Let’s see if the Stars can keep up their hot start.
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