The Dallas Stars are struggling. Four wins in fourteen games is not what was expected of one of the most fearsome forward lineups in the entire NHL. Coach Lindy Ruff's solution is a hilarious, Human Centipede-esque drill.
Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to see today: The Dallas Stars participating in a drill where three groups are connected to each other and have to scoot along their bottoms to cross the finish line.
It’s hard for the drill not evoke the image of horror/psychological thriller Human Centipede, which is a movie that needs no further explanation. Take a look for yourself (fast forward to 2:46):
As hilarious as it looks – and it does look hilarious, of that there is little doubt – Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff didn’t find the results of the drill too pleasing.
“It’s really a drill about teamwork,” Ruff said. “Somebody in those teams had to take some leadership and they didn’t. I found it interesting.”
Ruff is right to have some frustration, however, no matter what the drill is. Dallas has lost four straight and are at the bottom of the Central Division with a mere 12 points in 14 games.
Packed with power throughout the lineup, there were few who imagined the Stars would be so slow out of the gates. Their defensive woes are troubling, surely, but there’s also something to be said for a power play that features the likes of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Jason Spezza putting along at 17.3 percent. Clearly, Ruff feels the team is lacking a leadership element that he was hoping to see more of in the drill.
The team will be in Arizona on Tuesday to take on the Coyotes.