Dallas’ strengths are its defense and goalkeepers. The Stars finished second in the NHL in goals per game (2.52) behind the Boston Bruins (2.39) and number one goaltender. Ben Bishop was 21-16-4 with a 2.50 goals against average, .920 save percentage and two shutouts. It was supported by the backup Anton Khudobin, who was 16-8-4 with a GA2 of 2.22 (tied for second in the NHL) and a save percentage of .930 leading the league (minimum 25 games).
With these numbers in mind, Rick Bowness, who replaced Jim Montgomery as coach on December 10, said he had a specific goal before the game resumed.
“We clearly need to improve our game with the puck, and there will be a lot of focus on that during this training camp,” Bowness told the Dallas Morning News on June 27. “We can teach defense, the players know it. This is going to be the easiest part for us to realign and teach during training camp, our game without the puck. ”
Getting a good rest could also help the Stars, who have the longest-standing NHL background with an average age of 29.8 years. It seemed to catch up with them before the season ended on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus. Dallas was 0-4-2 in its last six games, including losing its last three games in regulation time, when it was shut out twice and dominated 7-2.
Player to watch
Joe Pavelski signed a three-year contract with the Stars as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, in the hopes that his experience and talent for scoring in the playoffs would help them in the playoffs. The striker, who turns 36 on July 11, has scored 100 points (48 goals, 52 assists) in 134 playoff games with the San Jose Sharks and helped them reach the 2016 Stanley Cup final they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
Although Pavelski started slowly with Dallas, scoring three points (two goals, one assist) in his first 13 games, he seemed to become more comfortable over the season and finished with 31 points (14 goals , 17 assists) in 67 games.
Video: CHI @ DAL: Pavelski scores in the 1st period
The biggest question
Can the Stars Score Enough? Going offensive has been a challenge throughout the season for Dallas, who finished 26th in the NHL with 2.58 goals per game. Beginner Denis Gurianov led the Stars with 20 goals, least from a League team leader, and center Tyler Seguin led them with 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists). Seguin was the only Dallas player to score at least 40 points (all other NHL teams had at least two players to reach 40).
No injuries to report.
Jason Robertson could take a look at training camp after leading Texas of the American Hockey League with 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) in 60 games. The 20-year-old striker made a good impression in three games with Dallas in February. He made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13 and got an assist on the power play goal from Seguin in a 3-2 victory.
Tell the statistic
Jamie Benn, who finished second with the Stars with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 69 games this season, has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 32 NHL playoff games. The striker’s average of 0.94 points per game in the playoffs is the best in Dallas history (minimum 10 games).
Video: CAR @ DAL: Benn brand PPG in 2nd period
They said it
“The team has been in the top 10 all year. We have done a lot of good things, so we prefer to look at the positives. We trust our players, confident that we will take the turn very quickly. ” – coach Rick Bowness
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Corey Perry
Mattias Janmark – Joe Pavelski – Alexander Radulov
Roope Hintz – Jason Dickinson – Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano – Fax Radek – Blake Comeau
Ce Lindell – John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen – Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak – Andrej Sekera