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Cranked Up and Counting Down

Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 6:33 PM / 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.


Email Bob at Sturm1310@aol.com and follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/bobanddan


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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