The Anaheim Ducks lead the series with the Dallas Stars 2-0 thus far, but the Ducks have also yet to face the Stars on home ice — an advantage most find game-changing during the playoffs. More importantly, the Ducks have yet to truly face the best of what this Stars team has to offer in the forms of top-line superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
Together, Seguin and Benn have created a line of effort and chemistry no amount of skill can ever replicate. If even you watch closely enough on Benn’s face-offs, the last person he looks at on the ice before going in for the puck is Seguin; these two are set for the Dallas history books indeed.
It’s no coincidence that the first season the two have played together is also the first season the Stars have made a playoff appearance since 2008. While the Stars may not have the depth their playoff opponents have, they have an offense charged by two of the most talented players in the NHL right now.
Through 81 games in the regular season, Benn has 34 goals and 45 assists; in one less game played, Seguin has 37 goals and 47 assists. The talent of these two won’t be restrained for long with the sloppy showing the Ducks have exhibited in the playoffs this past week.
Yes, Anaheim is in the driver’s seat in this series, but when looking a bit more closely at the games the Ducks have played, the Stars’ ability to chip away at what Anaheim brings to the table is quite apparent. Neither of the two games have been blowouts; in fact, the race, is close enough to where home ice might actually turn out to be the real difference-maker for whichever team is able to claim victory in the end.