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Mid Term

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 2:39 PM
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Mid Term

41 down. 41 to go.

The Stars have hit mid-season and they do so with a mixture of mostly positivity, yet a lingering margin of muck.

The most prominent halfway note is that they currently reside outside the top 8 in the highly competitive West. Their spot (9th) isn't shocking, or hopeless, or even disappointing - its reality; They have one of the five lowest payrolls in the thirty team league. They've suffered some injuries. And they have an NHL newby coaching staff.

I'd list the positives as:

- Jamie Benn's continued ascension to stud status among young NHL talents.

- Tom Gaglardi's possession of the franchise.

- The construction of a 3rd line that has been a nightly reaffirmation of what the brass wants this team's identity to be.

- Michael Ryder's play, and shot.

- Parade to penalty box halted. Mouthy and delinquent has given way to mute and disciplined.

- Phillip Larsen

- Souray's swagger, nasty edge, and threatening shot.

- Loui

- Success in 1-goal games (best win% in league, just not enough of them)

- Kari Lehtonen (pre-groin inj)

- Eric Nystrom's goal scoring (only Ryder, Eriksson, and Benn have scored more)

- A surprisingly effective attack at full strength.

- A sterling 20-4 record in games that are tied or the Stars are ahead in after two periods of play.

And the muck?

- Too susceptible to the blow out (11 of 17 losses have been by 3 or more goals)

- No clear-cut, AllStar, WorldClass number one line

- A mostly floundering Powerplay

- Eric Nystrom's playmaking (only Pardy has fewer assists) LOL

- Lack of OTL points

- Losses to teams that are sucking the bottom of the standings (Excused when you are a first place team, not when you are a 'every point matters' club)

As I stated - in caveat form - in last season's flattering Mid Term Report, they don't hand out playoff births after 41 games. That's obviously a good thing this year.

That said, I'm bullish on these Stars. They have built a nice base and should improve in the second half.

Health and goaltending will be the areas that beat the path to the playoffs.

Expect some puddles on that path, but rest assured this group will have gum boots on....and a map.

Slosh on!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 47 28 25 2 53
J. Benn 47 14 28 -2 42
J. Spezza 47 8 27 -4 35
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 47 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 47 11 11 -3 22
T. Daley 44 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 44 9 12 5 21
A. Hemsky 44 7 11 -6 18
J. Klingberg 33 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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