DALLAS STARS @ DETROIT RED WINGS
7:30 -- Joe Louis Arena
Stars: 8-5-6 (22 pts), 8th in West | Wings: 10-5-3 (23 pts), 7th in West
Stars blog of choice: Patty at Penalty Killing
"They keep saying they’re looking for consistency, but as Ryan Lambert, the Puck Daddy What We Learned guy, points out, win lose win lose win lose win lose is consistent. They need to start winning games when it’s their turn to lose one.
I’m almost expecting them to win against Detroit on Wednesday night. I never assume that, but this win-lose-win-lose thing might be more powerful than the usual pattern against Detroit of lose-lose-lose."
Patty isn't kidding. The Stars have not gone two consecutive games yet without picking up at least one point. In case you missed it, Dallas lost 3-2 in regulation to the Coyotes. So, long layoff for the Wings + coming off big win + home game = "should win". But Dallas' win/lose universal karma = a Wings loss. So that flips it back to a win again based on my Reverse/Reverse jinx hypothesis thing. (I swear to god when I first started this blog I intended for it to sound more analysis-oriented. A year and a half into it and I sound like a fucking tarot card reader.) Patty also had this about Mike Ribiero:
"Ribeiro frustrates me no end. I actually really like Ribeiro. I love the crazy dipsy-doodling stuff and the highlight-reel goals and the unbelievable passes. But I do not like the poking along, the standing around, and the refusing to give up the puck to a teammate before he’s forced to give it to the opposition. I can take a little of that if I have more of the good stuff to cling to. But the percentages are way out of whack. Lately, I’m only seeing the stuff I don’t like."
This video never gets old. If you've had the misfortune of not experiencing it, be sure you watch it all the way through.