Dallas Stars

Three best, worst things about first half of Stars’ season

Defenseman John Klingberg has provided six goals, 12 assists and a bright future for the Stars’ blue line.
Defenseman John Klingberg has provided six goals, 12 assists and a bright future for the Stars’ blue line. AP

Three best

1. Tyler Seguin: The 22-year-old forward has developed into the offensive threat Stars general manager Jim Nill hoped for when he traded for him before the 2013-14 season. He leads the league in goals with 28 and is second in points with 52.

2. John Klingberg: The rookie defenseman was first called up before the Stars’ Nov. 11 game against Arizona and has proved himself the puck-carrying defenseman the Stars have been looking for over the past few seasons. Klingberg sits sixth on the team in assists with 12 and 10th in points with 18.

3. The 7-1 win over Minnesota: The Stars confirmed they were on the right path to close out first half of the season with a dominating 7-1 offensive performance on Jan 3 at American Airlines Center. Forward Vern Fiddler led the charge with two goals, followed by a one-goal, one-assist performance from both Erik Cole and Seguin. It was the eighth win in nine games for Dallas.

Three worst

1. Kari Lehtonen: The man who has been the heart and soul of almost every Dallas win over the past two seasons is the worst in the league in goals against, allowing 110. Coach Lindy Ruff said he believes Lehtonen can find his former self to help Dallas push its way into the playoffs.

2. Ales Hemsky: Hemsky was slated to be one of the key additions to the Stars over the off-season, providing another scoring touch to a team that was carried offensively last year by only Seguin and Jamie Benn. Hemsky didn’t score a goal until Nov 28 and has posted just 18 points to date.

3. The power play: Dubbed the “Super Nova” power-play line of Seguin, Benn, Hemsky, Spezza and a defenseman, the Stars’ power play, on paper, was tabbed as one of the best in the league. Dallas sits 26th in the league with the man advantage, converting 15 percent of their power play chances.

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