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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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