Tomorrow night, the Dallas Stars begin a four game road trip.
The Dallas Stars begin another long road trip which includes a dreaded back to back. During the road trip, the Stars will take on the Vegas Golden Knights, the Anaheim Ducks, the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche.
The Dallas Stars will be looking to extend their four game win streak on the road. I believe that the Stars have a chance to do so as the team have improved their play on the road since the start of the season. In this post, I will take a look at each team and see how Dallas would stack up.
Vegas Golden Knights (16-13-1)
In the beginning of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t look like the team that last year took the Pacific Division by storm and competed for the Stanley Cup. In their first six games this season, They scored no more than 2 goals and went 2-4-0 in that stretch. They’ve since picked it up and are currently 3rd in division. It’s the first meeting between the two clubs and I’m expecting a very close game. Don’t be surprised if it went to overtime or a shoot-out.
Anaheim Ducks (15-11-5)
The Dallas Stars make their first trip to California this season with a stop in Anaheim. This will be the Dallas Stars/Anaheim Ducks third meeting of the season. In the first meeting, the Stars were down 3-0 in the 2nd period. The Stars rallied back by scoring four goals in 6:30 minutes. They kept firing the puck at John Gibson for a total of 44 SOG in the second period, outshooting the Ducks 30-4 and ended with a grand total of 51 SOG.
In the second meeting, Ryan Getzlaf scored his first 2 goals of the season and Dallas rookie Miro Heiskanen scored his first career NHL goal. It was a great back and forth game. Dallas was able to pull away in the end and handed the Ducks a 4th straight loss.
If the Dallas Stars score early and make them play catch up, they have a chance to pull away with a victory. In addition, I expect a very physical game.
San Jose’ Sharks (14-11-5)
This will be the Dallas Stars/San Jose Sharks third meeting of the season. Both previous meetings have been down to the wire one goal games.
I expect another down to the wire thriller. The key is to start fast. I believe we have the offense to keep up and the defense to slow down the Sharks lethal offense.
Colorado Avalanche (17-7-5)
The Dallas Stars’ final stop on the trip takes them to Denver, Colorado for a divisional matchup with the Colorado Avalanche. It will be the Dallas Stars/Colorado Avalanche second meeting of the season.
The first meeting was a classic. Colorado drew first blood taking a 1-0 lead. The Stars headed into the third period still down 1-0. In the third period Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn each scored to take a 2-1 lead with the last goal coming with 11:32 left. Unfortunately, J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen shattered any hope of securing a win with two goals on the board.
I expect that this upcoming match-up will also be a close one.