Head Coach Lindy Ruff finally got to see a glimpse of what his top forwards are made of. Tyler Seguin tallied three goals and Jamie Benn also scored in the Stars 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.
Everybody in the hockey world knew that it was just a matter of time before these two guys broke out and started scoring. Now with the first win and a combined seven points under their belt, Seguin and Benn can continue leading this team to victory.
Star Studded Lineup
This rebuilt Stars team has high expectations for this season and the players are playing under a lot of pressure. However, that pressure is easily balanced out due to the tremendous depth this team has within its roster.
Seguin and Benn both have tremendous speed, hockey sense and size. This was evident in the Blue Jackets game when Benn used his size to fight off two defenders and score a goal. Seguin used his speed to pounce on rebounds and force turnovers.
This team is built around those two offensive anchors. The organization has done a wonderful job bringing in guys like Spezza and Hemsky to provide some secondary scoring options. The veteran presence of forwards Vernon Fiddler and Erik Cole will certainly help the younger players improve their game moving forward.
The one thing Lindy Ruff will have to work on is toughening up his squad. At present, the Stars don’t really have a strong physical presence. Their game is built on speed and puck handling ability. If guys like Jamie Benn, Antoine Roussel and Trevor Daley throw more hits, this team will become even stronger. Defenseman Jordie Benn throws his weight around often but most times ends up in the penalty box.
This fact highlights another potential weakness. The Dallas Stars have already accumulated quite a few penalty minutes. Jamie Benn had five of the 13 penalty minutes in Tuesday’s game. Fortunately, Benn had enough points to balance that out. Ruff and the veteran players will have to work on a regular basis and teach the younger players how to keep their composure. Most of the penalties were careless, lazy hooking calls as well. If this problem isn’t corrected, the Stars may lose some key games this season.
Regardless, Benn and Seguin are off and running now. The only question is which player will end up tallying more points. The Stars next game is against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. I can’t wait to see how Benn and Seguin will do against Crosby and Malkin.