Game Review – 11/28/08 (DAL vs SJS)

by Chelsea

The Good:

  • James Neal: The 21-year-old winger scored his fourth goal in the five games since he returned from playing with the Manitoba Moose. After outperforming some key veterans, he ought to have sealed his spot on the Stars roster.
  • Loui Eriksson: Netting his 11th of the season, Eriksson is now on a four-game points streak, giving him 6 points in the last five games. He now challenges Mike Ribeiro (19) and Brad Richards (19) for leading the team in points (18) as well as goals.
  • Neal + Eriksson: The five of the team’s last six goals have come from either in this pair. Combined, they have 17 of the team’s 56 goals this season.
  • Tobias Stephan: He came out onto the ice cheered on by the crowd. He stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced during his short time in the third period, for a .909 sv% – not bad for having to clean up that mess against a team like the Sharks. You’d think he’d have earned a full game’s start with that kind of play, but Tippett’s determined to hang his hat on Turco. Nonetheless, we’re still proud of Stephan and his quick glove saves.
  • Stars Promotional Yearbook: Free things and goofy baby pictures are a nice way to avoid thinking about the 6-2 loss you were just handed.

The Bad:

  • Half of our defense: Niskanen with a sloppy turnover. Niskanen and Grossman ending the game with team-worst -2. Zubov possibly injured. Someone needs to step up or this situation will just continue getting worse.
  • Special teams: The PP is 0-21 in the last four games. 1/3 of the Sharks goals were PPG. If the defense and goaltending is going to continue rolling downhill, then someone needs to learn to score on the power play. One of these being bad is hard enough to recover from, but both PK and PP? They can’t count on blind luck every night.
  • Marty Turco: He’s comfy. He’s unmotivated. He’s unfocused. He’s letting in 5 goals on 19 shots. We could probably score on him at this point, blindfolded, one-handed, while eating pie. Why doesn’t he get bench time? It’s worked before, and it will work again. Since when did the Stars become The Marty Turco Project? He’s had every chance to play through this slump and he’s wasted them all. No team can be motivated to win if they can’t count on their goaltender giving them any sort of chance.
  • 6 Sharks Goals: Few things sting like providing your rival with a night of fun stat-boosting.

The Ugly:

SHR +/-:

Nicklas Grossman: minus-one for subpar defense; -1
Stephane Robidas: one for logging the most TOI and still having the best +/- on the team; +1
Matt Niskanen: minus-one for subpar defense; -1
James Neal: three for the goal and one pity point for how sad he looked right after; +4
Loui Eriksson: three for the goal; +3
Landon Wilson: minus-one for getting yet another stupid penalty; -1
Tobias Stephan: two for trying to clean up Turco’s mess, one for doing such a good job of it, and one for being shockingly fast on that delayed penalty; +4
Marty Turco: minus-three for hitting rock bottom in a 20+ game slump; -3
Mark Parrish: two for the assist; +2
Mike Ribeiro: two for the assist; +2
Brad Richards: two for the assist; +2

4 Comments to “Game Review – 11/28/08 (DAL vs SJS)”

  1. I have Turco on one of my fantasy teams. After picking Brodeur in the first round and Turco in the third, I thought for sure I’d have the best goaltending in the league.

    Every night…I cry.

  2. For the sake of the Stars and your fantasy team, here’s hoping Turco turns it around for good.

  3. But for the sake of the Hawks having a better chance of making the playoffs, here’s hoping to him getting traded to the Eastern Conference. 😀

  4. The best part of that game was getting to tear down the giant picture of Marty in the Fanatics section… sad, but strangely satisfying


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