I expected a better game out of Nilstorp, and he didn't really deliver. To be fair, Texas' D is an absolute mess because of injuries and callups. Still ... one goal in particular stuck out. He over-committed big time on a guy coming down the wing on his glove side. He stretched and went down to the ice to make the initial save which just allowed the player skate around the net and push the puck into a wide opening net with Nilstorp still on his belly on the opposite side.
It was also disheartening ... almost Turco-esque in his last years ... that Dallas would score a goal, and then OKC would tie it quickly.
The last couple of games were pretty bad and the reffing didn't help either (seriously...no minors called during the whole Chicago game!)
Nilstorp looks shaken. The Defense is really hurting with all the injuries and it just seemed like the players were tired or checked out.
I will say this though, Coyle and Labrie look a lot better than last season. On the flip side of that, when Coyle and Labrie looked the best this last weekend that says something about how beat up this defense is.
Texas's injured players are getting healthy according to Coach Desjardins. The Stars organization has always played injury information close to the vest. Alex Chiasson skated in a red no-contact jersey in last week's practice along with Maxime Fortunus and Tyler Sloan. Chiasson is out with a shoulder injury. Glennie has been working out with Dallas Stars' strength and conditioning coach JJ McQueen while he rehabs a hand injury. The second year forward came into 2012 out of shape and needs to make waves to get himself noticed and acknowledged as a Dallas prospect by the Metroplex brass. Work with McQueen should help to move that boulder.
Patrick Nemeth and Luke Gazdic could be longer term as there is no precise estimate on their return dates. The Stars have stated that they do expect "most" of the their players back within two weeks.