The Dallas Stars are finally hitting that level of play we all imagined them to when they acquired Alex Radulov and Ben Bishop. Last year did not turn out that way, the Stars missed the playoffs by three points and posted a 42-32-8 record. Well this season early on they started out a little slow, dealing with injuries and the usual rust off the old hands and feet to get going. Now, they have Radulov back healthy, Ben Bishop has 8 wins in 14 starts, a .923 save percentage and is finally giving the Stars consistent goaltending. Even without John Klingberg the Stars are doing just fine.
Stars depth scoring actually alive this season
In the month of November the Stars have already played 9 games winning 5 of them and getting a point in eight of the nine games. The Stars production comes from their top three guys we all know that. Tyler Seguin(20), Jamie Benn(17), Alex Radulov(15) and last year it was mainly those three doing a lot of the work. The Stars struggled greatly with depth scoring last year and it was due to a certain veteran being injured and in a rut all year. Jason Spezza. Spezza had just 26 points in 78 games last season, he is already half way there this season with 13 points in 20 games. That is exactly what the Stars needed last season but are getting it now. On top of Devin Shore chipping his fair share, to say this will continue is unknown but Shore has 11 points in 18 games compared to his 31 points in 82 games last season. Rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen has helped a lot especially with Klingberg out right now. Esa Lindell and Jason Dickinson are doing their fair share with eight points on the year.
Putting the puzzle pieces together
The point of this is that the Stars were getting acclimated to each other last season a lot of new faces in the locker room, new goalie, new rookies, everything. The Stars needed a year to get used to each other, Bishop needed a year to get back into the rhythm of being a number one goalie. Klingberg was just stepping into a huge role last season, they now have a little more depth on the blue line with Heiskanen and Roman Polak back there, the addition of some veteran forwards has helped. The Stars are finally geling and putting the puzzle pieces together here. Do not be shocked when you see this team in the top three of the toughest division in hockey and making some noise come April. The Stars have six games remaining in November and five of them come on the road, if this team splits that or comes out winning 4 of 6, do not be surprised if they hit their stride early.