I know it's hard to believe after yesterday's post about how the Dallas Stars keep putting themselves into penalty trouble, but there is a bright side to the team discipline picture.

As frustrating as the start to the season has been, the Stars are actually in a slightly better position than they were at the same time last year. The 2011-12 Stars committed 41 penalties in their first seven games as compared to 37 this year.

And this year's Stars, while still having trouble keeping themselves out of the box for stick fouls, are doing a decent job of drawing their own power play opportunities.