Secondary Scoring Key to Dallas Stars’ Playoff Push
Not many teams can make the playoffs, let alone survive the playoffs with a one-line attack. Though the Dallas Stars have one of the most dangerous duos in the league in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, the team needs secondary scoring to help them in the fight for a playoff spot.
Fortunately, plenty of secondary scoring has shown up in the past three games and led to back-to-back wins that put the Stars back in the thick of the Western Conference Wild Card race.
In the past three games, Benn and Seguin combined for only three assists. All of Dallas’ past 13 goals have come from someone other than the two young superstars. In the three games before that, the duo scored four of the team’s seven goals en route to nine points.
The Stars have received contributions from throughout the lineup over the past three games. Colton Sceviour has had a pleasantly surprising season so far in both the NHL and AHL, and he heated up recently with three goals and an assist in three games. Ryan Garbutt has used his physicality and speed to also register three goals and an assist on the second line. Cody Eakin found the back of the net twice and added an assist, while the pesky Antoine Roussel has added a goal and four assists in the past three games.
Even some of Dallas’ veterans who are not necessarily known to produce and have not been on the score sheet very often have heated up. Shawn Horcoff and Vernon Fiddler have combined for a goal and four assists on a rejuvenated third line alongside Sceviour. They have been predominantly used in defensive and penalty killing roles on the bottom two lines, but they have provided energy and scoring chances over the past three games. The recent increase in production is just a cherry on top for the Stars.
As good as Benn and Seguin haven been so far this season, the Stars need production from the rest of the lineup if they are to continue pushing for the playoffs. The Stars have shown how dangerous they can be when all four lines are clicking, and they will look to keep it going as they begin a crucial four-game road trip this week that could determine their playoff fate.