Through the course of the 2024 season thus far, the Dallas Stars have been consistently good. While they’re not breaking NHL record with win streaks, the wins have been appearing on a weekly basis. Nobody has seen the Stars go on a skid that has lasted a couple weeks.
Top 3 all year
In the hyper competitive central division the Stars have been hanging with the Winnipeg Jets, and Colorado Avalanche since game one. And when you’re in the top three of your division, that’s an automatic qualifier for playoff hockey.
Not only are the Stars top three in the central, they’re top five in the league in points. Sixth in winning percentage of all 32 teams. They’re holding it down in arguably the toughest division in the league, which is looking like it’ll send four teams to to the postseason.
They say if you go .500 on the road, you’ll be a playoff team. Dallas is far north of a winning record on the road. Posting a 14-5-4 mark away from home. Needless to say, the Stars are in good shape.
The Stars don’t just beat bad teams like the Minnesota Wild on the road either. They’ve registered a couple road wins against the Jets, as well as the playoff hopeful Detroit Red Wings earlier this week. And beating teams who are fighting for a wildcard spot in their barn takes a full team effort.
Spreading the offensive
fI you look at the Stars’ scoring leaders, nobody is running away in the scoring race. Eight different guys have 30 or more points through 49 games already. With Jason Robertson being above a point per game with 50.
In the past, depth scoring was a problem in Dallas. With Pete Deboer coaching, that concern is only a memory. If everybody stays healthy, then overtime goals should come more often than last years playoff run.
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This kind of consistency on offense, and winning games gives Stars fans something to look forward multiple times a week. It also makes the Stars a dangerous team heading into April. Especially when Jake Oettinger gets going.
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