The Dallas Stars learned a valuable lesson on Saturday night as they faced the St. Louis Blues. That lesson is they need more work if they want to be considered an elite team in the Western Conference of the NHL. The Stars, who have missed the playoffs for the past five seasons, made some wholesale changes during the offseason. These changes included a new GM, new coaches and key players coming and going.
The first 20 games or so was spent trying to figure things out. The Stars would win a game and then lose a game. These patterns continued until recently. The Stars appeared like they were starting to gel and were getting things back on track. Dallas had won six games in a row on the road, which included games against the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks.
Dallas was brought back to earth on Saturday though, as the Blues handed them a 6-1 loss in St. Louis. Facing one of the best teams in the Western Conference, Dallas learned they need some work to do if they want to hang with the big boys.
There’s still plenty of time left for Dallas to get things back on track, but they have to figure out how to get the puck in the back of the net. Dallas outshot the Blues 35-25, yet they only managed one goal out of those shots. This is a pattern that must be fixed for Dallas if they want to make it to the postseason this year.