Dallas Stars Move Alex Chiasson to Top Line in Hopes of Spark

By Mohammad Bakhach
Alex Chiasson
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In desperate need of a shake-up, the Dallas Stars have moved winger Alex Chiasson up to the first line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for their game at the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night.

Dallas’ dynamic duo continues to produce no matter who is on their right wing, but any additional help is welcome. That is especially true for secondary scoring from the bottom two lines. Benn and Seguin scored half of the team’s goals and five points total during the three-game losing streak in which they fell out of a playoff position. They currently sit two points behind the Phoenix Coyotes, who occupy the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Chiasson played on the top line earlier this season, but it was not very successful. The 23-year-old winger was shaken up from Rich Peverley’s collapse last week enough that he sat out the following game. Since then, he has returned to the lineup with faster and stronger play. In the past five games, Chiasson has registered two goals and an assist, bringing his season total to 12 goals and 29 points in 65 games.

Chiasson typically plays in the dirty areas for the Stars. He camps in front of the net on the power play and has made a name for himself by driving the net hard and using his big 6-foot-4, 205 pound frame to bulldoze his way to the crease. With Benn and Seguin’s ability to create offense from the outside, having a net presence like Chiasson should lead to more scoring chances and options on offense. If Benn and Seguin’s speed fails to create a play, they have someone who can command attention in front of the net and deflect a shot or bang in a rebound.

Lindy Ruff has shown that as much as he likes to keep lines together, he is willing to make a big change if needed. With only 14 games left in the regular season, each point is of the utmost importance, and the Stars cannot afford to continue to slide. We will have to wait and see if the lineup changes provide a spark that gets them to break out of their current slump.

Mohammad Bakhach is a Dallas Stars writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @hockeyarcher or add him to your network on Google

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