Three games into the series with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Dallas Stars are currently down 2-1.

The seven-game series started out ugly, with two losses at home. Taking to the road with a lot of questions, the Stars cut into Vegas’ series lead heading into Monday, April 29th.

At the fortress, the Stars have taken (at least) one of two must-win games.

Heading into tomorrow night, the Stars have a few guys who need to step up and continue doing what they’re doing.

Guys Who Need to Step Up

If the Stars are going to win this series, Jake Oettinger, in particular, needs to be better. Going back to last year’s playoffs, the Golden Knights have had Oettinger’s number. Jake finally did get a win vs. Vegas last night with a great performance in the net. He’s going to have to play like that three more times for his Stats to move onto round two. It’s a tall order, but it’s not impossible.

At the time, Oettinger has stepped up. But another must-win in enemy territory awaits him and the team.

Roope Hintz has seemed mostly absent from these playoffs, which is especially bad news for the Stars since he’s usually among the team leaders in postseason goals and points. You can give Vegas credit for playing great team defense, but for Dallas, if winning the Stanley Cup is a priority, this flat-out isn’t good enough against anybody.

Joe Pavelski’s veteran goal-scoring has been sorely missing vs. Vegas. Logan Thompson has brought it for Vegas in net every game so far. But to win in the playoffs, the best players and your vets need to shine. We’ll see if Pavelski and the Stars can take the momentum from an OT win and ride it to tomorrow night’s tilt.

Not Everybody Went MIA

PHOTO: Dallas Stars/X

Jason Robertson, who is wearing green, is probably the most effective player in this playoff series. He scored in the first two games and had two assists last night, too. So, he’s scored every game so far against a hot goalie, putting questions about past playoff appearances to bed during this young series.

The young guys have been effective against the Golden Knights. Wyatt Johnston, who has delivered all year for Dallas, netted two last night. Logan Stankoven has played alright this postseason, too, despite not showing up on the score sheet yet. Coming off of a rookie of the year campaign in the AHL, he’ll be a favorite to win the Calder trophy in the NHL next year.

Game 4 Next Up

The Stars trail this best-of-seven series 2-1 in the here and now. To tie the series, it will require a full team effort for 60 minutes or more.

Coming off an overtime win in enemy territory, the Stars’ momentum is in their favor.

Now, it’s about the details, building on Saturday night, and they should probably play like they’re down three games to one, too.


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