The Dallas Stars have been gotten some very good results on the road since the start of November.
The team coached by Lindy Ruff was simply stellar away from home this past month, and they wanted to continue that trend against the Nashville Predators. Even though the team wasn’t outplayed, they failed to deliver when it matter the most and the game ended with a 3-1 win for the Predators.
There are several reasons to back up the Stars’ loss in The Music City, but this is clearly a defeat that can be accredited to the Stars’ special teams. Like all season long, the Stars struggled to score on the power play and had even more trouble defending Nashville’s man advantage. Since the Predators made good use of their chances, they came away with a solid win in front of their fans.
Erik Cole put the Stars ahead late in the first period, but the Stars surrendered two goals in the final minute of the first part to go into the break down by one. Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand scored two PPG in a 28-second-span to sent Nashville up by one into the first intermission, and Paul Gaustad added a third goal midway into the second period to put definitive numbers on the board.
If we combine 0-for-3 on the power play, 1-for-3 on penalty killing chances, and an opposite goaltender that stops 33 shots, the results aren’t going to be pretty. The Stars suffered all those things and ended up losing so they need to turn things around sooner rather than later to get back on the right path.