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Cranked Up and Counting Down

Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 5:33 PM CT / Bob Sturm Blog
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Cranked Up and Counting Down

Bob Sturm
Back again for another season of Dallas Stars hockey and I am cranked up and counting down to opening night.

I will concede that this is a time of transition for the Stars, and the days of projecting a sure playoff berth and a hopeful run to the Stanley Cup are likely not to be used in the present tense.  This is a club trying to figure things out as they go - possibly between eras of excellence.

Having missed the playoffs the last two seasons, it is clear what the goal should be around here.  Figure out a way to compete for the Top 8 in the West.  And while I spend plenty of time scanning the news to see if there are developments on the story of the sale of the team, any team in hockey should be able to compete for the playoff spot provided that the team has special players.

And this team does.  Could they use more?  Absolutely.  Do they need to return to the days of having a wallet packed with resources?  I wish that day was here.

But, it isn't here yet - and the season is going to start on schedule, regardless of the current realities of the business page.

Brad Richards, Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, James Neal, Loui Erikkson, and Jamie Benn represent a very formidable Top 6.  Steve Ott, Adam Burish, and others will hopefully provide a very difficult roster to play against.

The backline is where I am skeptical, as we depend on further progress from the kids - some of who are developing well - and some who need to do more.


And then between the pipes. 

With the torch passed from Marty Turco, the Stars hope they have a stud who can keep them in games and carry the mail.  Let's hope Kari Lehtonen is what the brass think he is.

The sermon that Joe Nieuwendyk is preaching is a message of competing for the crest on the jersey.  20 warriors not taking a shift off or giving an inch in the corner for the puck.  Taking a hit and making a play.  Giving more than receiving.  Making work ethic and abrasiveness a calling card of Stars Hockey.

If it is a battle plan that is followed, this team can go to the playoffs.  If not, this hill is going to be a difficult obstacle to navigate. 

82 games are straight ahead.  I am eager to see if the boys can handle this challenge.  The league is doubting they can.  Sometimes, that is all a team needs to rise up - everyone telling them they can't.

Let's get it on.


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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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