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.