On November 3rd, the Dallas Stars went on a three game road trip, coming out with three wins over the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, and Detroit Red Wings in that order. After a disappointing home game against Chicago, the Stars packed up again for another three game road trip to Western Canada. This resulted in another three wins on the road, moving their road winning streak up to six games. The Dallas Stars now hold a record in road games of 8-5-0, a .615 win percentage; yet only a 3-2-2 record at home, a .429 win percentage. The Stars are getting a point in 71 percent of games.
An interesting statistic is how well Dallas is competing against Canadian based NHL teams.
Dallas holds a 6-1-1 record against Canadian teams, while outscoring their Canadian opponents 27-13. Their one regulation loss was in Montreal in a 2-1 loss. In their past six road games, Dallas has more than doubled the cumulative score against their Canadian opponents, beating them by a cumulative score of 16-7.
Of course these statistics may be skewed due to the poor performance of Canadian teams this season. Specifically the teams in the Western Conference, where the two Albertan teams (Calgary and Edmonton) hold the worst records in the conference.
Despite this, the recent successes in Calgary have opened the eyes of scouts for Team Canada. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn were both left off of the initial roster for Team Canada for the upcoming Olympics in Russia. Seguin and Benn have clearly started to make a case for themselves to be placed on that roster.
Seguin scoring 4 goals with 1 helper in the game against Calgary, with line-mate Benn netting 1 goal and 5 helpers. Both are now tied for sixth in the NHL for point leaders with 23 points. Tyler Seguin is tied for fourth in the goals scored category with his 12 goals. Jamie Benn is tied for fourth as well, but in the assists category with 16 helpers.
With a healthy Kari Lehtonen, Valeri Nichushkin starting to put the puck in the net, and Benn and Seguin lighting it up, we may finally be witnessing the re-modelling of the Dallas Stars that we all anticipated over the off-season.
Tyler Seguin was named the second star of the week for the NHL.
The Stars look to continue their success against Canadian teams on December 1st at home against the Edmonton Oilers.
Dallas has a few more days of rest until they face the Rangers at home on November 21st, 7:30PM CST.