I’m not sure this Sunday could have gone worse, all things considered.
The Stars and myself saw one of the hardest losses so far this season. To tie it with less than a minute to go only to allow a scramble goal with 20 seconds left? Ouch. The jubilation I felt when they scored, knowing we would get at least one point out of it… then the utter despair that followed. Few things can evoke such emotions so close together. But this year’s Stars are nothing if not surprising in most ways. When they lose, they lose in grand fashion.
But, Sunday’s tragedies were not limited to the hard loss, they also see the Kings who gave the Stars said loss move into 4th and then a win in Phoenix put the Coyotes into 5th, dropping the Stars 2 spots in one day. Even worse news is that they have a day off that sees Chicago play San Jose. A win for Chicago drops the Stars down another spot while a win for the Sharks puts them 2 more points away from the Stars and their hopes of reclaiming the division lead. With the number of games down to 13 or so around the league, the Stars are running out of games to put distance between themselves and 9th place, which is held by Nashville with just 2 fewer points at 80 total.
The next two games will be huge as they play the Sharks and the Blackhawks on Tuesday and Thursday. If they want to get back on their roll this is the perfect time to do it. Coming off of a tough loss, they need to put points between themselves and the rest. If Chicago wins it will be imperative that they take points from both games, especially.
So, once my gut is not wrenched anymore, I will surely be looking forward to tomorrow’s bout with the San Jose Sharks when they roll into the AAC for a divisional match-up. You have to think that if they want a shot at the pacific division title, this will be a key game to win in regulation.