Dallas Stars

Confused by the Stars road trip? You aren’t alone. Unpacking two big W’s and one ugly L

Dallas Stars’ Devin Shore, second from left, tries to take control of the puck in front of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the first period, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Montreal.
Dallas Stars’ Devin Shore, second from left, tries to take control of the puck in front of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the first period, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Montreal. AP

The Stars remain a mystery, wrapped in a riddle.

Before the team left for a six-game road trip (their longest of the season) they had remedied a three-game losing streak by winning two home games.

Then, last Sunday, Jim Montgomery’s squad lost arguably their worst game of the season. The Red Wings are likely a non-playoff team, but Dallas found a way to drop a 4-2 game in Detroit.

Naturally, the team responded by thumping the Canadiens in Montreal, 4-1.

But the most impressive win on the year, and it’s not particularly close, was the team’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Thursday night.

Here’s what fans should like and worry about from each game.

Red Wings-4 Stars -2, Sunday, Oct. 28

What to like: Klingberg, by default

Not much to like from this one, but defenseman John Klingberg stayed hot with two assists.

Area for concern: More complacency

Jim Montgomery has repeatedly said his team has played not to lose and that happened again in this game. After taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, the Red Wings scored the next three goals in a row.

Stars-4 Canadiens-1, Tues., Oct. 30

What to like: Secondary scoring

Bishop had a strong game, but the answer is Devin Shore. He had a goal, two assists and was active on offense most of the night.

Cause for concern: Lineup panic?

Montgomery split up Benn and Seguin. The move seemed to be a bit of an overaction to their recent cold streak.

Stars-2 Maple Leafs-1, Thurs., Nov. 1

What to like: Almost everything

So much to chew on here, starting with Khudobin standing tall against a really talented forward group. Of course, Benn (one goal) and Seguin (two assists) got back on the score sheet, too.

Cause for concern: Stupid penalties

Brett Ritchie takes three minor penalties. He was lucky only one of them cost his team a goal in a tight game.

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