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Don’t Take The Dallas Stars Lightly

from Justin Bourne of Sportnset,

In theory, the Tampa Bay Lightning are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars. In theory.

Some other theories that I, and many other analysts, have had:

• The Colorado Avalanche are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

• The Vegas Golden Knights are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

And let’s be real, a number of people thought the Flames would get the better of the Stars, too. I wasn’t among them there, but I’m guilty of the first two. So, I’ll try to keep that in mind when going through just how lopsided this series looks, because it seems most of us are missing something about that group there under Rick Bowness. They certainly compete at a high level....

In the end, the Stars are a team that makes you beat them. They defend hard, and make you go through them. If you’re not at your best, the Stars just find ways to persevere. They seem motivated, with a number of veteran players who are just dying to break through and win the big one here. They aren’t the more talented team, but they are 18 skaters deep with a goalie playing well, so nothing comes easy against them. That’s a dangerous combination in hockey.

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Steeb's avatar

Going in to the Conf Finals, I thought that whoever came out of the East would curb stomp whoever came out of the West. But the Bolts looked completely gassed in the last game, after playing 5 tightly checked games v the Isles (yes, the series went 6, but game 1 was a cake walk). I don’t know how healthy Stamkos is, or if he’ll even play, something’s def up with Kucherov, and Point was laboring by the end. The Final may turn out into a war of attrition, and both goalies have been very good thus far.

Posted by Steeb on 09/18/20 at 04:24 PM ET

Thag's avatar

Tampa is a very poorly coached but talented team. If the Islanders weren’t so weak offensively they would have won. Stars in 5.

Posted by Thag from DC on 09/19/20 at 08:25 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Tampa is a very poorly coached but talented team. If the Islanders weren’t so weak offensively they would have won. Stars in 5.

Posted by Thag from DC on 09/19/20 at 08:25 AM ET

I agree, the amount of talent on that team masks Cooper being a good, but not great or game difference coach.  He has some creative schemes in the Ozone, but there’s a lot of shortcomings in his own zone.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 09/19/20 at 09:53 AM ET

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