Not many ways to elaborate on coach Dave Tippett's quote. It truly is mind-boggling right now what's going on with this group. Then again, maybe it's not. This team is not last year's team. There may be a lot of familiar faces, but the personnel is still different. You're still younger, you're still missing key veterans and you're making mistakes that were so uncharacteristic of last year's team it's unbelievable.
In eight of nine games, the Stars have given up three or more goals. Think about that. Eight of nine. The only Stars-like game was the 2-1 victory over the Rangers. Their defense is young, I know, but these guys played on the biggest stage of their young careers last season. Sophomore slumps, maybe?
Then again, I shouldn't be putting it all on the young guys. Looking at the young forwards, they've been better and more reliable than most of the veterans. Mike Modano's been great the entire time, Sean Avery was good tonight, Brenden Morrow, I don't question him often. But the consistency with everyone else has been lacking.
But it comes back to this defense and goaltending. Just not good at all right now. And don't know how you fix it. Someone asked if it's time to use Tobias Stephan. Tippett's quote: "We've thought about (sitting Turco) for about two weeks now. But the other guy is unproven. When he has been in there, he hasn't exactly showed he's a go-to guy." Me, I'm kind of torn on this. If you bring in Stephan, does the defense buckle down more for the guy who's rarely in there? Or do the mistakes get even worse?
Don't know right now, kids. All I do know is, I won't be surprised if I'm watching a two-hour practice tomorrow.