Here Comes The Heavy Downpour

Wednesday, 02.1.2012 / 1:35 PM CT
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"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"

Dance you Dallas Stars dance, cause its about to pour tilts. Games in February are going to come at ya like that sideways Texas rain on your windshield in April.

16 of them, in 29 days.

Not much time to pull over on the shoulder for a little respite so slip on some sensible yet fashionable shoes, wear some clothes that you don't mind gettin wet and start dancing like no one is watching.

The play of Kari and The Biz will be key. In this metaphoric scenario I am blog-cocting I see them as providing the beats. (Two goaltenders and a microphone?)

The rest have to hit the floor (ice) with rhythm and passion, and stamina. And find a way to shake it, even when the DJ plays those back to back floor-fillers.

Hell, maybe we can get Stars turn of millennium good luck charm, BJ Thomas to sing his hit "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" (But better have Pit Bull or Nicki Minaj remix it though)

Last season (Yes, have to go there) they got swept away in the deluge.

A loss to the Canucks at home then that 6-3 debilitating debacle of a defeat in Boston is how they greeted the post-AllStar schedule. Including those two, they were able to garner just one measly Shootout win in their first 10 games back. At that point Nieuwendyk pulled the trigger on the Goligoski trade with Pittsburgh. An umbrella of sorts.

That trade, coupled with the return of Jamie Benn from a shoulder injury helped propel the Stars to a 5-0-1 run, but it proved irrelevant as they managed just 6 wins the rest of the way and failed to gain a playoff birth.

Lehtonen was reign-whipped like the mount of a Comanche scout that had been spotted. He played every second of all but one of the final 32 games, then, presumably, was put away wet.

Yes, last year they were more donkey standing in a field in a hailstorm than ponies prancing in a meadow in a sun shower.

Let's see what this healthy and shoed-up version has in em'.

I say they have a little giddy-yup.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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