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Rebuild Or Reload?

Rebuild Or Reload?

May 23, 2022

The Dallas Stars went home way too early from the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and now they’re cleaning house. With most of the coaching staff now clearing out their lockers, what’s next for the Victory Green Gang?

Wes, Taylor and Mark read the litmus test of the Rick Bowness era, as well as the tea leaves for the next bench crew. In this episode:

  • How surprised should we be?
  • Where will the Stars look for the next sheriff in town?
  • What are the odds that a European coach gets a shot at rebooting the Stars’ young roster?
  • Or is an NHL long-timer like Barry Trotz a better choice for getting the veterans going?
  • Will Texas Stars up-and-comer Neil Graham make the cut?
  • And what will any new head coach have to do once they get here?

All this, plus the eternal debate over how the NHL develops new talent, are yours in the new Stargazing – where it’s always a good time to be a Stars fan.

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Got A Match?

Got A Match?

May 11, 2022

For the first time in Round 1, the Dallas Stars had to play a game in Calgary Flames style rather than their own. The results were...well, you saw.

Wes and Mark discuss why the Stars aren’t playing well enough to win right now, and what they may need to do to right the ship. In this episode:

  • Did the Stars think they could win Game 4 by playing Games 1 through 3?
  • Can they make adjustments without letting the next game get away from them?
  • Will the Flames keep letting Miro Heiskanen skate the puck because the stagnant Stars offense leaves him with nothing else to do with it?
  • Is there any way this iteration of the Stars can win a high-event hockey game?
  • For that matter, can they win another game by asking Jake Oettinger to steal it?
  • Do the Stars have even one structural advantage in this matchup – and if so, what is it?
  • Or is their miserable power play going to cost them the series after all?

How do you galaxy-brain yourself into a corner? Tell us about it. This is why we’re all Stargazing.

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Yard Sale Or Track Meet?

Yard Sale Or Track Meet?

May 9, 2022

The Dallas Stars’ postseason to date isn’t made up of especially pretty strokes, but it’s pretty much impossible not to like the whole picture so far.

Wes, Taylor and Rob sat down to discuss what the Victory Green Gang has done right during the past two victories over the Calgary Flames. In this episode:

  • Are the Stars actually, really built for the Stanley Cup playoffs?
  • How have they managed to keep the Flames from converting their superior possession metrics into useful offense?
  • When will Roope Hintz be able to buy a goal again?
  • Is Jake Oettinger a Vezina-caliber netminder as well as an adorable sea creature?
  • Is Calgary playing into Dallas’ hands if they try to get edgier and more physical?
  • And will the series ultimately be decided not by depth scoring, but by the top line that gets going consistently?

Is it all depth scoring if nobody scores? Stargazing is asking the most important questions of our time. And then destroying them. With answers!

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Flame On

Flame On

May 5, 2022

The Dallas Stars didn’t start Round 1 with a loud report. But have the Calgary Flames already played their best game of the series? And can the Victory Green Gang still get the split and come home with a tied series? Or are they as doomed as the predictions that say they’ll get swept?

Wes and Taylor discuss the signs and portents, good and bad, that came from the Stars’ 1-0 loss. In this episode, they take on:

  • the John Klingberg ejection,
  • the broken power play,
  • the dump and chase,
  • the jaw-dropping playoffs readiness of Jake Oettinger,
  • the 2020 bubble run that keeps teaching us things,
  • the breathtaking finesse of Miro Heiskanen,
  • the value of experience,
  • the potential rewards of ignoring it in favor of playing a wild card,
  • and the appropriate role of a general manager.

What do you have to lose by putting Thomas Harley into the lineup? Let’s talk about it. This is Stargazing.

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Place Your Bets

Place Your Bets

April 26, 2022

It could be a big, big Tuesday for the Dallas Stars organization. Both the NHL squad and its AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, hold their destiny in their own hands as they shoot for spots in the 2022 Stanley Cup and Calder Cup playoffs.

As they face the struggling but still dangerous Vegas Golden Knights, the Victory Green Gang also faces a singular test of their entire season. So of course, Wes and Mark sat down for a quick and dirty preview of a pivotal game. In this episode:

  • Can the Stars deliver at least one elite period tonight – the way they have during some of their most important wins this season?
  • Will winning a one-goal game be enough?
  • With only home games left on the schedule, do they have the only tactical advantages that matter in this final stretch?
  • Can they defeat their greatest nemesis – the emergency backup goalie?
  • What do they stand to prove with a decisive victory?
  • What’s actually going on in the Vegas crease?
  • Have the Golden Knights’ Stupid Cap Games finally caught up with them?
  • And are Stars fans just too afraid of the other shoe dropping to enjoy it?

Does a play-in win qualify for actual Starsing, or does that still only happen when you have to win and biff it? Let’s find out. As you can probably tell, we’ve been Stargazing. Come for the game preview, stay for our hawtest sportz taek ever.

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Have Doubts, Will Travel

Have Doubts, Will Travel

April 23, 2022

“Dallas Stars hockey at its best” means different things at different times. Sometimes it means a cry of pain after another missed opportunity. The Victory Green Gang should have scored at least two victories during their last road trip, and yet they came home with none. What are we supposed to think?

Wes and Mark contemplate whether our team will rise to the occasion or choke another postseason away during the next few days. In this episode:

  • Does goal differential really matter? Or at least matter as much as we fans like to think?
  • Can the Stars actually win against teams they should be able to beat?
  • Will they have to deal with the Vegas Golden Knights the old-fashioned way on Tuesday?
  • Is Jake Oettinger going through a phase, or should we be worried? And how much of that can be chalked up to the 200-hockey-men baggage attached to young netminders?
  • Can the Avengers Line carry the Stars the rest of the way?
  • Has the relentless reality of their bubble-team status left that as the only viable option?
  • And what will happen if they do make the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Who’s your First Man in Nacho Land? Let’s talk about it. Welcome to Stargazing.

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Middle-Of-The-Road Trip

Middle-Of-The-Road Trip

April 2, 2022

Hope dies last, and the Dallas Stars are living proof. A pretty good start to their recent road trip has put them back in contention for a Western Conference wild-card slot, and once again we’re contemplating what’s possible...which is anything.

Mark and Tyler got together to discuss some of the still-pressing issues. In this edition:

  • How have the Stars’ trade-deadline acquisitions helped – or hurt – the lineup?
  • What needs to happen to get Tyler Seguin running as near peak as possible?
  • What’s up with the health
  • What will Miro Heiskanen’s return mean for the final push?
  • And how has John Klingberg responded?

Ready for 20 minutes of Radek Faksa? Listen to Stargazing. We’ve liked where we’re at since 2022.

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Point Of No Return

Point Of No Return

March 24, 2022

The NHL season’s no-going-back moment is here. Will the Dallas Stars fail all their open quests if they proceed?

Yes, we’re talking about the push for the playoffs, yet again. But this time, Robert Tiffin is back to join Wes Lawrence and Mark Zimmerman. If anyone can game this out, it’s them.

Please note that this cast was recorded before the NHL trade deadline. (And it’s KT’s fault that we haven’t posted it until now. It happens.) With that said...

  • How much has the team missed Miro Heiskanen?
  • Has the John Klingberg-Thomas Harley pairing almost, almost made up for it?
  • Are Joel Kiviranta and Marian Studenic as good together as you think they are?
  • What good will trade-deadline acquisitions be if the basic lineup doesn’t really change?
  • And what would you give for a dominant win against a real contending team?

Are you creating enough chances? Think about it. This is Stargazing, the podcast that is not weird about Aleš Hemský, mostly.

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The Push For The Postseason

The Push For The Postseason

March 12, 2022

We’ve said it over and over again, but the Dallas Stars really are a team for whom anything – whether good or bad – seems possible. With that said, their recent run of play has even the stats gurus liking their chances for the 2022 Stanley Cup race.

Wes and Mark have been watching the Stars’ progress as closely as anyone, and they spent another evening examining the case. In this episode:

  • Did the recent road trip give the Stars enough momentum to challenge for one of the Central Division’s postseason spots?
  • Will the emergence of Jason Robertson as an all-world superstar turn out to be the X factor they need?
  • Does Jake Oettinger have what it takes to backstop a deep playoffs run?
  • How much should we worry about what could be an extended stay on injured reserve for Miro Heiskanen?
  • And will the search for depth scoring never really end?

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Schrödinger’s Stars

Schrödinger’s Stars

February 27, 2022

It’s late February, and the Dallas Stars’ fate once again seems to be tied to random events that may or may not occur. As per usual.

Wes and Mark have spent many an hour contemplating Schrödinger’s team, whose playoffs hopes seem to be simultaneously alive and dead just about all the time. In this episode, they examine the Stars’ recent run of play, their real (and imagined) trade-deadline possibilities, and what all of it means for the rest of the regular season.

Coming up:

  • The Stars are great at winning with one goal in regulation, but can they just...score more?
  • ...Because how much are they likely to need to win a goal-differential tiebreaker for a spot in the Stanley Cup race?
  • Is that possible now that a point-per-game Tyler Seguin is back on the ice?
  • Can the Benn-Seguin-Gurianov line continue to ease the team’s manic dependence on Pavelski & Sons for all their goal-getting needs?
  • How do their chances improve now that Jake Oettinger is more or less officially their No. 1 guy in net?
  • Does any of this mean they’re actually playing well?
  • What are the chances that they can go on a non-fake contention run, especially when better competition seems to help them?
  • What could, and should, happen at the NHL trade deadline – and why would that not include dealing John Klingberg?
  • Are the rumors of cap trouble greatly exaggerated?
  • And is any amount of props too much for Taylor as she joins the inaugural selection committee for the Dallas Stars Hall of Fame?

Is your investment portfolio heavily leveraged in the Sean Avery memorabilia market? Stargazing can help. Probably. Maybe.

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