The Dallas Stars have been on a roller coaster of emotions over the past three days. After participating in a ceremony in which Mike Modano was honored on Saturday night, the Stars watched as forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. The game was postponed with the Columbus Blue Jackets until a further date.
We have recently learned that the Stars players and coaches were really shaken up from the events that unfolded. Alex Chiasson, who was sitting next to Peverley when he collapsed, was so shaken up that he had to be taken to the hospital. The NHL did the right thing by postponing the game.
The problem, though, is the NHL season must continue. For the Stars that means a date with the St. Louis Blues tonight. Less than 24 hours after going through this traumatic and emotional event, the Stars must take to the ice for a game that impacts the playoff standings in the Western Conference.
Chiasson didn’t make the trip after going to the hospital, but somehow the Stars have to focus on the game at hand. Not only will this be hard based on the emotional state of the team, but they’re playing the No. 1 team in the NHL. The Blues are playing at a really high level right now and have recently made some upgrades at the trade deadline.
I don’t know what’s going to happen against the Blues, but the Stars will be on the ice and will be playing with a little more emotion than normal. Dallas is currently in the No. 8 spot in the conference, but they’re only one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes. They need to somehow do the impossible and squeak out at least one point in St. Louis.