The NHL is gearing up for the first NHL game of the 2018-19 season with some very big games in mind.
Here are five Stars players to watch in this game.
Brandon Saad NHL Network: I have been looking forward to seeing Saad this season and he is ready to step it up.
He has been a key player for a Stanley Cup contender this season.
He had six goals and five assists and has two goals and six assists in his last eight games.
The Stars had the second-highest power play (16.8%) in the NHL last season and they have the third-highest in 2018-2019 with Saad (5.4%) as the top offensive defenseman behind Patrick Sharp (5) and Johnny Oduya (3).
Saad has played on the top pairing with Johnny Ondrej Palat and Patrik Nemeth and he will look to lead the Stars in scoring (6 goals, 11 assists).
Jiri Hudler NHL Network (subscribers only): The Stars have been without the services of their top two defensemen, Jiri and Jordie Benn.
However, they are still loaded with young defensemen like Alexander Radulov, Jussi Jokinen and Alex Goligoski.
Hudler is a big part of that group.
He leads all defensemen in scoring at 18 goals and has 13 points in his past 12 games.
Brett Ritchie NHL Network.
“Brett Ritchie” (Twitter): He is one of the Stars best forwards and has a knack for scoring.
Ritchie has 15 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 36 games.
He is tied for fourth in the league in power play points with seven (1.5 per game) and has been among the NHL leaders in goals, points and penalty minutes (22:30).
Alex Goliga NHL Network “Alex Goligo” (Facebook): The former #1 pick has been one of Stars best offensive defensemen this season as well.
Golig, who signed a three-year deal last offseason, has five goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 40 games.
Goliga is tied with Jamie Oleksiak for third in the League in points.
Brett Pesce NHL Network, “Rickey” (subscription only): Pesce has played in every game of 2018-20 and has three goals and 10 assists in 30 games.
The 21-year-old is one assist shy of tying Alex Ovechkin for the team lead.
Patrik Berglund NHL Network “Borgund” (twitter): Berglung is one year removed from scoring a hat trick and the third player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.
The 28-year old is fourth in team scoring at 17 goals and leads the NHL with 31 points.
Travis Moen NHL Network/CBS Sports: Moen is a veteran and a veteran that has a lot of upside and a knack to make big plays.
Moen has scored 20 goals in 40 NHL games and is second on the team with 16 power-play points.
Cody Eakin NHL Network (“Cody Eakin”): Eakin is one goal away from tying a career high and is tied at 18th in the team scoring race with 21 points.
Jamie Olekiak NHL Network”Oleksiak” (FB): Oleksak has 10 goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 34 games and has led the NHL in scoring with 23 points in 29 games.
Tyler Seguin NHL Network and NHL Network (@TylerSeguin): Segu, who is the second player in franchise history to score 60 goals, has four goals and seven assists in 24 games.
Jamie Benn NHL Network(“Benn”): The two-time Norris Trophy winner has played a key role for the Stars and has nine goals and 20 assists in 37 games.
Ryan Garbutt NHL Network:”Garbutt” (Subscription only) Benn has played the most games in the franchise’s history and is third on the Stars with 55 points.
Devin Shore NHL Network”: Shore has been outstanding, playing on the third line with Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza and is the leading scorer among defensemen.
Shore has 10 points in 28 games and he has been tied for sixth in the season’s scoring race.
Alexander Radu NHL Network/”Radu” (social media): Radu has scored four goals in his career and he’s the top scoring defenseman in the 2018 draft class.
He was first overall in NHL scoring in 2019.
Patrick Sharp NHL Network “Sharp” (RT): Sharp has been the Stars most consistent player this season, and has the third best point percentage among NHL defense