Losing to the Oilers puts us right back at the bottom of the Pacific Division. We’re still not last in the Conference, but we’re not much higher than that.
Standings-watching is kind of fun, to be honest. I usually watch the standings from the first game, but it doesn’t really get interesting until the second half of the season. But this season it feels like the last 20 games all the time.
It would have been actually exciting to win last night’s game, then go see how it moved us in the standings. Instead, we stayed in the same place and everybody else moved up a point or two. It’s just really difficult when everybody is so close.
I missed the first period of the game, because I got hypnotized by the stupid Red Wings failing to keep Minnesota without a point and I lost track of the time. I feel a little guilty that maybe I jinxed them, but there have been a lot of games where Marty gave up 2 goals on 4 shots and it didn’t help that I was watching at the time. So I’m not going to beat myself up about it.
Still, not good.
Dallas 4, New Jersey 2
The game against the New Jersey Devils was a really, really good one. I neglected to recap it out of sheer laziness, but it really was a good game. Over at IPB, the Ookies blamed it on the Devils being flat, which may have been true (they watch the Devils pretty closely), but I also thought the Stars looked great. When the Devils took the lead early, they didn’t slump their shoulders like they used to. They were hitting on all cylinders and pretty much everybody in the lineup had a good game.
It’s exciting to see that they can play that well, but it’s frustrating to see that they can play that well, then don’t.
I’m still in a pretty good mood about the team, though. Hull lowered my standards over the summer, so I’m just happy Avery’s not wearing one of our jerseys any more. Everything else is gravy.