Stars are surging
I didn’t expect in the preseason to be saying Dallas is shooting up the standings thanks to their goaltending, but here we are. The one thing that was holding them back last season is now their strength in 2018-19. Ben Bishop is making his case for the Vezina Trophy with 33 starts and 2.30 goals against average. He’s having his best year since 2015-16 when he was runner-up in the Vezina voting with Tampa Bay.
The Stars are suddenly nipping at the Predators’ heels in the division race. They’re fresh off a big road win over the Predators and are just eight points behind them in the standings. They’re leaning on reliable goaltending from Bishop, who is posting really impressive numbers at even strength with a save percentage nearly at 93. He’s holding up when the Stars are on the penalty kill as well with a save percentage just under 90.
Anton Khudobin has 20 starts of his own behind Bishop and is good enough for sixth in the NHL in goals-against average. The Stars now have a deadly one-two punch in net to go along with their top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. We’re focused on catching up to the first-place Jets, but we should be just as worried about the Stars catching fire. They have the best goaltending in the division right now, and it makes them a dangerous playoff foe.