The Dallas Stars Are Back In The National Hockey League Playoffs And Looking To Make Some Noise
The Dallas Stars clinched a spot in the 2019 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs Tuesday night with a 6-2 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers. It is their first playoff berth since 2016 and their third since 2008. It was also sweet to clinch on home ice. The Stars are currently the top wild card in the Western Conference.
Who Will They Be Playing?
The Stars would play the Winnipeg Jets in the first round if the playoffs started today. But with two games remaining in the regular season, everything is still in play in the Central Division. The list of possible opponents other than the Jets include the St. Louis Blues, the Nashville Predators and the Calgary Flames.
The Stars are only three points out of 3rd place in the Central, and there is still a possibility the Colorado Avalanche can jump into the top wild card spot over the Stars, as they trail Dallas by three points with two games to go. Dallas can finish no worse than the second wild card spot.
My outlook for the Stars in the playoffs is I really believe they have a team to make a run. They are starting to get players back from injury, including the surprise return last night of forward Matts Zuccarello, who has three points since coming to Big D.
The game against the Vancouver Canucks also saw the return of winger Tyler Pitlick. Now they are just waiting to see when goaltender Ben Bishop will return from injury. Personally, I wouldn’t play him the final two games.
I believe they are getting hot at the right time. They have the offence and defense to surprise some teams but my only concern is when Bishop comes back, which one shows up. If they can get “shutout streak” Bishop then they could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs.
It’s a fun time right now in Dallas, as there was a big concern they would stay home and out of the playoffs for a third straight year. I’m very excited to see this team in playoffs and to maybe bring the Stanley Cup back to Big D.
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