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The Stars may not be able to win their third straight Stanley Cup title, but that doesn’t mean they’re not trying to keep it together.
John Hutton/Getty ImagesThe Dallas Stars are hoping to keep their team together.
That includes a little bit of peace and quiet, too.
The Stars have been battling through the longest and most challenging stretch of their Stanley Cup drought and it appears that a lot of that has to do with what they’re doing at home.
The team is 3-2-0 in their last 10 games and has a 1.82 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in that stretch.
There’s been no talk of any sort about what they might do about the team’s defensive issues.
That was the biggest reason the team went with a 5-4 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
The Stars have scored at least one goal in five of their last six games and are tied for the league lead with four consecutive shutouts.
That record has the Stars ahead of the Los Angeles Kings (5-3-2), Nashville Predators (5, 2), San Jose Sharks (4, 3) and Edmonton Oilers (3, 2).
The Stars are also holding their own in their defensive zone and have held their opponents to just two goals in their past two games.
They were able to hold their opponents scoreless through a third period of Tuesday’s game, allowing only one shot on goal.
Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak was among the Stars defensemen who played a big part in the shutouts against the Panthers.
He had a goal and two assists in the shootout.
The 23-year-old, who had 10 points in 21 games prior to Tuesday, has played in nine games this season.
He’s not going to score, but he does have a big shot and he can skate, which has helped the team out so far.
That’s what you want in your defensemen, and you want them playing to win.
There’s no need for them to make plays on the penalty kill.
The defense has been solid.
They have held the opposition scoreless in their three games against the Stars and that included the shootout victory.
Dallas is 0-3 against the Carolina Hurricanes this season and is 0.9 of its first 20 games this campaign.
There is a reason the Stars have allowed a league-low two goals per game and are in seventh place in the NHL in scoring (28.3 points per game).
It has nothing to do any other team’s scoring.
The issue is they are allowing at least three goals per contest and they have allowed just seven power play goals, which is the second-worst mark in the league.
The power play has allowed just six power play chances per game, the fewest in the entire NHL.
The team has been outshot 20-11, which includes the shootout win, and is outscored 33-12 in shots on goal per game.
Dallas leads the NHL with a .868 save percentage.
The defense has also allowed three power play opportunities per game for a goal differential of plus-11.
They are allowing just two power play shots per game compared to the Stars 14.4 power play attempts per game average.
The Blues have given up a league high eight power play scores in three games.
The defensive corps has been key in keeping the Stars out of trouble.
The players have notched three shutouts, allowing just one goal, and are leading the league with 14.3 blocked shots.
That is good enough for sixth in the League and the team has allowed only three goals against per 60 minutes.
The forwards have been a big factor.
They have played in just nine of the Stars 23 games and have a +2 rating.
They’ve allowed only one goal on the power play and have allowed 14 shots on net per game at even strength.
Their plus-minus rating is +2.5.
The penalty kill has been a strength for Dallas, holding opponents to 3.7 shots on goals per 60 and 2.7 in the penalty box.
The penalty kill allowed two goals against Tuesday night, but is tied for second in the team with 11 goals allowed per game allowed in the zone.
The offense has been pretty solid.
The offense has scored at or near 100 points in nine of their past 10 games.
Stars captain Jamie Benn has scored 10 of his 14 goals this season while leading the team in scoring with 16 points.
The rest of the team leads the League with 21 points.
Benn is the only player in the top-10 in scoring.
The most surprising thing about this team, though, is that the Stars are playing better on the road than they are in Dallas.
The teams play three games in five nights this week in Anaheim, Chicago and Minnesota.
The Wild is on the short list of teams that the Dallas Stars could be on the edge of contending for this season, and if they don’t make the playoffs, they will likely be