Who are the Dallas stars? Anatomy of Dallas after a 3-1 loss to Boston

“The minute you’re embarrassed about who you are, you lose yourself,” said Elliott Gould as Robin Tishkoff at the end of Ocean’s Thirteen.

The Dallas Stars are in the midst of an identity change to start the 2022-23 season. The hiring of Peter DeBoer as head coach ushered in a philosophical shift from Rick Bowness’ defensive mindset to an aggressive offensive style characterized by players who loop in the defensive zone early and take risks in the offensive zone. Fans have been clamoring for a model shift and there will undoubtedly be growing pains, but it’s important to remember who the stars are.

So who are they? It’s safe to say we’re still thinking he isn’t?

Dallas started the season on fire, outscoring their opponents 13-3 in their first three wins of the season.

But the road trip was not fruitful for the Stars as they lost three of their four games, including a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins. Dallas was outscored 12-10 during the road trip.

There is no doubt that the Dallas Stars didn’t look like the great team they did in the first three games. Their offense came off somewhat dry sans five-act from the mediocre Montreal Canadiens, and their defense was on scramble mode for most of the road trip.

However, it is important to see the forest for the trees when it comes to the start of the season.

Let’s start with Tuesday’s slant against the Bruins.

This game, which is the reason for the loss of the Stars and perhaps the road trip in general, can be summed up relatively simply – many penalties, not carrying out the attack offensively, and the broken goal by Taylor Hall at the end of the second half. Add in an incredibly strong performance from Boston goaltender Linus Allmark, who made 30 saves on 31 shots by the Stars, and the Stars didn’t have enough bullets in the gun to compete with the leading Bruins in the Eastern Conference.

Boston improved to 6-1 with the win and it’s a perfect 5-0 at TD Garden. These basic facts must be considered when evaluating the performance of stars.

Dallas rebounded after kicking three penalties in the first half, the third of which the Bruins scored.

Boston’s David Pasternak hit a one-run runner over the left shoulder of Jake Oettinger. Forgive the clichéd sport, but that was the scorer’s goal if there was one. There was not much Oettinger could do to stop this rocket.

Since then, Dallas has dominated much of the play and as the game progressed, it was the Stars who had the Bruins on their heels. Dallas outscored the Bruins 31-29 and by no means outplayed the Bruins.

Both teams were without some key players as the Bruins were without Brad Marchand and Charlie McCoy, while the Stars missed defenseman Miro Heiskanen, who suffered an upper-body injury in the Stars’ 4-2 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators. on Monday.

It was clear that the Stars lost those extra ounces of energy, but they weren’t without their chances at Allmark.

Unfortunately, after a stellar first power play, the Stars struggled to get the best of two other players, including a stellar chance with less than 13 minutes left.

Dallas struggled to get into the Bruins offensive zone and when they did, they couldn’t prepare consistently.

So let’s get back to our question – who are the Dallas stars?

It’s still early. It cannot be exaggerated enough. Typically, you can start drawing conclusions from teams 15-20 games into a season, but of course, there will be plenty of hot stuff to do and aspects of play to overplay.

Let’s start with the basic things we know so far:

The Dallas Stars make a concerted effort to focus more on offense and this is evident in both their structure and roster building.

Look no further than 19-year-old rookie star Wyatt Johnston, who has scored goals in back-to-back matches.

His tally in the second half came from a run and a Tye DeLandria pass. Johnston buried his shot into the shaggy Allmark goal and breathed life into the Dallas game.

Johnston, perhaps best known by now, has nine games to play in the NHL before the Dallas Stars have to decide whether or not to keep him on the active roster or send him back to the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

He’s played seven games in his tenure with the Stars and let’s face it, he’s not going back to the OHL. We all know that.

But he emphasizes changing the philosophy of the stars by giving children more opportunities in favor of some veterans. Basically, the stars are banking on his potential rather than on a veteran plateau. He’s made some rookie mistakes, but he also sports a great shot, a nose for the puck and a willingness to get into the dirty spots to score. Tuesday’s goal was a great example. You can see him heading straight for the net to find the loose puck before he can beat Allmark.

The stars’ deal with Nils Lundqvist is another great example of their desire to get younger, faster, and deadlier.

Dellandrea has earned his spot on the roster, but being trusted to play a big role as he has seven games into the season shows Dallas has offense along with other traits that Dellandrea is proud of. He’s tenacious on the puck, unafraid of contact and reliable defensively in addition to his best asset – his speed. He was by far one of the most effective star players against the Bruins.

This brings us to the defense. While the jury is still out on the all-star defensive team, as long as they have Oettinger and Scott Wedgewood in goal, it will be very difficult to score against them. Losing John Klingberg hurts, but the Stars did a great job adding two right-handers in veteran Colin Miller, who didn’t have a great game on Tuesday, and Lundqvist.

So at 4-2-1 this season it’s been more positive than negative and while it’s obviously going to be a challenge at the same time being a high octane offensive team and a closed defensive team, there are a bunch of positives to take from the first stretch of the season .

Despite a lackluster third period in losses to the Senators, Dallas has hung more than some strong opponents in Toronto, Boston, and Ottawa (yeah, that’s weird to say).

People will try to pick holes in the Stars game so far, and yes there are areas they need to improve a lot (discipline with penalties we’re looking at you) and more consistent attacking execution, especially in the power play. Dallas will be tested defensively and there will be games that look as if the Dallas stars don’t have the defensive chops, but let’s remember to heed Robin’s words and not lose ourselves. This is an offensive team now. Let’s see if they have enough to fight with the adults of the NHL.

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