Good morning fellow Stars fans! How bout that game, huh? Off the bat, I want to say a few things – the Panthers are no joke this year. They were difficult to beat in preseason (aka, we did not beat them) and then again tonight, they were very worthy adversaries. I’m feeling a little bad I didn’t pick them to make the playoffs (but I think they’re not a very deep team, so they’ll need everything to go right if they want end up in the postseason).
Also, for as much flack Razor gives him for being over the hill, Jagr is still on my ~fantasy~ team.
Anyway, let’s get down to it. All numbers are 5v5, score adjusted, and from war-on-ice unless otherwise stated. Click here for a primer on how to read my game charts if you’ve never seen them before.
WE WENT DOWN 2-0 AND WE DIDN’T COLLAPSE!! AGAIN!!
- Side Note: See, here’s one of the unusual things about score effects. Typically, the trailing team has a much lower shooting %. Why? Because they’re throwing EVERYTHING on net. Garbage shots, weak shots, everything and anything that might go in. But that’s not how the Stars played. While there were some scrambles in front of the net, they remained composed, stuck to the plan, and won.
- Side Note 2: Our power play, the object of much anguish last year, has been effective this season. I don’t know what they changed (other than Sharp on unit one, which is so sweet), but I like it.
- Side Note 3:
Kari has really looked so much more like his old self. The change is unbelievable. We’ve spoken about Jeff Reese coming in to help him with the mental part of his game (and some other technical stuff as well) and it looks like it’s really paying off. I’m glad we have winning goalies, but I’m also a fan of Kari, the person, so I’m glad he’s out of the doghouse.
It was Radek Faksa’s NHL debut last night and man did he look like he fit right in on the 4th line. He almost pulled a Ritchie/Janmark, scoring on his first shot of his first shift, but Luongo is a big meanie who hates rookies, so he saved that chance. Either way, this kid will be a good addition to the team while Moen is out.
- Side Note: Faksa left home at 11 years old to pursue his dream of pro hockey. I cried a little (a lot) watching this.
The Más o Menos
Patrick Sharp will never score again, but it’s ok as long as he keeps feeding Tyler those pretty passes.
Also, we just need to accept that all No Goal calls are going to go the opposite way of how we want them because of Karmic Retribution for ’99. This is just how life works, folks.
Jordie & Jyrki had some really ugly shifts last night. It was bound to happen and has happened to everyone else on the team at some point already this year.
- Side Note: The upside of this is that we might finally see Oleksiak and Nemeth in action. I’m big on Nemeth, so I’ve been waiting with anticipation for this moment.
- Side Note 2: <3Janmark<3 has not had a bad shift. So really that sentence should read “everyone else on the team except for the newest baby Swede”.
Razorisms (and Other Shenanigans)