The Stars now have a chance to get revenge on the team that spoiled their road trip. The Stars blew a tire against the Blue Jackets but seemed to have gotten back on track. However, they still face a tough task ahead of them with their injured d-core. The Stars are expected to get back one defenceman in Roman Polak against Columbus, but the big return for Dallas is on offense. Alexander Radulov is believed to be in the lineup against the Blue Jackets. And the Stars have missed him greatly. Radulov provides that scoring talent and that intensive fore-checking that the Stars need against Columbus.
With the return of Radulov, it means that Denis Gurianov has been sent back down to the minors. Gurianov was impressive in his two games this season. He even scored the go-ahead goal against the Predators. However, it seems there is only room for two Russian right-wingers on the Stars roster. But pretty soon there will probably be three cemented in the lineup as we await Gurianov’s return. Speaking of young players doing well, the rookie defenceman Ben Gleason was astonishingly poised against the best team in the league. Gleason even assisted on Gurianov’s goal while playing over 18 minutes. If young players can bounce in and out of the lineup with this much production, then the Stars will be a hard team to predict.
As the Stars continue to navigate through this difficult month of November, they look to their young blue-liners to step-up once again. However, there has been a rookie that has continued to shine and is even taking the number one spot. The name Miro Heiskanen repeatedly shows up and for good reason. The kid logged almost 30 minutes against Nashville and although he has not been perfect, the kid is only 19 and plays better defense than most NHL. Monty has been asking a lot from Heiskanen and he has not been disappointed. Expect for Miro to continuously log big minutes as Klingberg recovers from his surgery.
With the injuries, it has been very difficult to evaluate how good Dallas really is. They have held their ground against the best teams, yet they have still fallen to some questionable teams. Over the next 16 days the Stars have nine games with three back-to-backs. That is a grueling schedule and with the Stars current state of health, it may seem impossible. But don’t think the season is over any time soon. In the words of Monty, this team has become resilient. It seems as if they are playing playoff hockey in November. And if Dallas can manage to pull themselves together and work as a team, then when the playoffs actually arrive, the Stars will be poised for a deep run.
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