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Sturm Blog: Game #20 in Detroit

Wednesday, 11.18.2009 / 10:10 AM CT / Bob Sturm Blog
By Bob Sturm
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Sturm Blog: Game #20 in Detroit
Bob Sturm
So, game #20 is tonight in Detroit.
In their first 19 games, we have seen 8 wins, 5 regulation loses, and 6 OT loses. 
To suggest I have no idea how good the Dallas Stars are would be spot on.
I love what I saw against the Sharks last week.  I did not love the frustration that was clear in Phoenix.  I very much enjoyed the job against Vancouver in their last home game, but that was mitigated by the trip to Minnesota the game after or the loss to Calgary in the game before.
In the last stretch of 8 games, the Stars have gone Win-OTLoss-Loss-OT Loss-Win-Loss-Win-Loss.
That pattern suggests good things tonight in Detroit, but as far as Crawford's troops developing even a little momentum, I don't see it so far.
The good news is that if the season ended today, the Stars would be in the playoffs.  The bad news is that they would be the #8 seed and face the Sharks in round 1. 
They have been ok.  Out of 15, they are #8.  They are neither off to a great start nor off to a lousy start.
They are stuck in the middle (with you).  As the song by Stealers Wheel goes, "Trying to make some sense of it all,  But I can see that it makes no sense at all". 

Are they good?  I think so.  Are they bad?  I don't think so. 
Could the Stars play some consistent hockey here for a bit, so that we know what we are looking at?
The Stars have played just 5 games in the first 17 days of November.  Now, they will play 8 in the final 13 days of the month, so we are about to see plenty of hockey. 
It all starts with Detroit tonight.  Since the lockout, the Stars had lost 8 of 12 regular season games to Detroit until last season.  Last year, the Stars won 3 of 4, but of course missed the playoffs while the Wings were on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Very anxious to see what we look like tonight at 6:30pm.

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