20/20: Stars, and Oettinger, easily dismantled Kings
The 20/20 from a game between two teams in similar spots in the Western Conference.
Normally the 20/20 publishes immediately after a game.
But because of some comments that there would still be reader interest the morning after — and I had other commitments during the game itself last night — I decided to test interest levels with this piece after watching on my own time.
Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings is also a particularly interesting matchup to me. It’s two teams somewhat caught in the middle of their respective division race at this point, with one — LA — trying to regain early-season form.
The Stars won 5-1. Good night for Dallas.
Let’s get into it.
1. Let’s start with Jake Oettinger, who made his third appearance and second start after missing just under a month of action, making 31 saves against LA.
Over his last 91 minutes, 11 seconds of hockey — after entering Saturday’s game in relief against the Chicago Blackhawks — Oettinger has stopped 51 of 53 shots he’s faced.
He’s looked very Oettinger-like with a .962 save percentage, the type of goalie that would have earned an All-Star nod and not gotten chosen based on name brand only.
Before that, even before he was injured, Oettinger was struggling.
In seven games between Dec. 2 and Jan. 12, Oettinger had an .863 save percentage and allowed 25 goals.