Dallas and Colorado; a tale of two cities who rolled into the playoffs on two different paths. 

The Stars capped off the 2023-24 campaign with dominant victories, including a 7-4 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, Apr. 7, on their way to an 8-2 record in the final 10 games. Colorado, on the other hand, were 4-4-2.

That stretch featured losses against the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights. The latter of whom the Dallas Stars just outlasted in Game Seven on Sunday night.


Dallas is just as strong, if not stronger than Colorado, and here are a couple of things that can help the Stars advance.


Discipline

As discussed previously, the Stars are lethal on the power play and are about as efficient when down a man. Dallas ranked sixth on the power play, converting 24.2% of chances during the regular season.

The Stars converted a higher percentage of power plays against Vegas. Their opponent posted slightly better numbers through their first-round matchup. It will be important for Dallas to remain as composed as possible. 

Goaltending

Jake Oettinger needs to keep being Jake Oettinger. Oettinger was better than his counterpart in Colorado, Alexander Georgiev. Georgiev recorded a 3.03 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

Oettinger posted NUMBERS as long as Dallas’ netminder continues to make key saves and not squeak up any bad goals, the edge favors Oettinger. 


No matter what, the Stars slayed the dragon. At least the one that would have haunted them the most.
It was a fierce first round. The second round presents a new and exciting challenge.

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