I saw he probably thought that I was going to shoot it so I was going to take him out,” Klingberg said. I actually lost the puck when I went to shoot myself, but after that (Dickinson) found a way to get open. The former longtime Central Division rivals played as division foes for the first time since 1997-98, again in the Central, after the NHL had to realign as part of adjustments in scheduling for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Stars averaged 2.6 goals on 30.6 shots per game last season. Detroit finished 9-13-1 in division play and 5-26-3 on the road during the 2019-20 season. Goalies for the Red Wings allowed 3.5 goals on 32.5 shots per game last season.
With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. ''It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,'' Bowness said. After no exhibition games - and no action at all for seven teams in the past 10 months - there have been plenty of odd-man rushes and mistakes, with six goals a game being scored on average.