The Dallas Stars really love some home cooking. They are now 11-3-1 at the AAC and 6-11-2 on the road. For some strange reason, the Stars just hate being away from home. This is the same team that got decimated by Anaheim in the third period, and yet shutout the Flames the last game. This team is just unpredictable and that’s simply not good enough. However, there are some bright flashes regarding this team.
The first has been the steady play of Denis Gurianov. The young, Russian winger may not be putting up monster performances and enormous amounts of points. But he is skating well and isn’t making rookie mistakes. Gurianov has even made some dazzling plays that, unfortunately, never showed up on the scoresheet. The point is though, he is getting better after every game in the NHL. The points will come for Gurianov, but until then he has to keep practicing and developing his skills. The kid can play hockey but he needs to improve before he becomes an NHL regular.
In other good news, the top line has also begun to find their chemistry once again. After being broken up and moved throughout the lineup, it was difficult for them to find that connection. They each contain an enormous amount of talent that sometimes doesn’t blend together. Look at Burns and Karlsson out in San Jose for example. However, the top line in Dallas have recently clicked and have scored at much more profound pace. As stated many times before, when the big three in Dallas are on a roll, they can compete with any line in the league. They may not be as dominating as the Avalanche’s top line, but they certainly can be. The only problem is keeping that fire and the guy about to be mentioned will undoubtedly benefit not only the top line but the entire team.
John Klingberg has been medically cleared to play and will return to the top pairing alongside Esa Lindell. There is no argument when said that the Stars have missed Klingberg. He is incredibly gifted with the puck and the Stars need someone of his skills. It’ll be interesting to see how fast Klinger can impact this team and what Monty will have him doing. Regardless of where he’s at, having the Stars number one defenceman back is going to be absolutely wonderful. The players and the fans have desperately missed Klingberg, but the wait is over and the Swedish d-men returns.
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