If you’re a casual fan, or a fan of another team, game 7’s can be one of the most anticipated things for any sports fan. However, if your favorite team is in a game 7, it’s usually a case of high anxiety and panic ensuing for the entire game if not the entire day. Now, the Dallas Stars season is on the line with game 7 Monday night in Dallas.
Game 6 was quite the blunder for Dallas as they lost 6-3 in Seattle with a chance to go ahead and close the series out and earn some needed extra rest. However, Seattle controlled the game from the beginning, and Jake Oettinger was pulled in the second period after giving up a number of quick goals. It was arguably his worst outing throughout his short career, and the rest of the Dallas Stars didn’t have much more to add to it.
Seattle is an incredibly dangerous team, and now they march into game 7 in Dallas with no fear. They beat the defending Stanley Cup Champions in Colorado in game 7 during round one, so Dallas is just another obstacle in their way. Dallas has to wake up, and play their brand of hockey in order to move onto the Western Conference Finals.
The top line has been superb, and the rest of the offense has been quite great for the most part throughout the playoffs. Offense doesn’t seem to be the problem. In game 6, the defense collapsed, and it led to an early Kraken lead that they just didn’t let go. Oettinger didn’t have his best game, so I’d expect him to be rounding back into an unstoppable force for game 7.
If the defense can just be average, then I’d expect for the rest of the team to do their jobs and put the puck in the back of the net on a regular basis. There’s been a lot of talk about how the defense performed in game 6, and I’m not sure if Pete DeBoer is going to make any changes to those pairings. We’ll just have to wait and see if that’s what happens Monday night.
I’m not sure about the rest of Dallas Stars fans, but I’ll be sitting at home just throwing up all over the place as I await the fate of my hockey team Monday night.