We’ve been rolling out looks at possible first-round matchups for the St. Louis Blues this week, and today it’ll be the Dallas Stars going under the microscope. As of games played through March 28, Dallas sits three points out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, but with a few weeks remaining in the regular season the team has just as much chance of sealing a spot as anyone.
A first-round clash between Dallas and St. Louis would be entertaining for a number of reasons. The Stars feature a few of the more prominent forwards in the NHL, and a trip to the postseason would likely light a fire under them. This is the first year of Jim Nill‘s rebuild-on-the-fly program, and this is a team that has outperformed expectations to some degree.
For instance, anyone with two good eyes can tell that Tyler Seguin is a darn good hockey player. He’s erupted as one of the league’s top offensive forwards though, and has exceeded all hopes in terms of clicking with Jamie Benn on his wing. If Kari Lehtonen had stayed healthy all season, who knows how high the Stars could have climbed.
They’re in a race for their playoff lives right now though, and a first-round date with the Blues could be their reward for that hard work. Here’s a breakdown of how the teams match up across the board.
All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com unless otherwise noted, and are accurate through games played on March 28.