Let us all just agree that we are all tired of these games ending in the Stars falling late or stumbling in overtime and only getting one point. Stars fans watched in agony again Wednesday night as the team let another late lead slip away against the Anaheim Ducks and then played like crap in OT before giving up a 2-on-1 break against to lose 4-3. So the Stars took what looked like a two point effort and within a few minutes just threw that second point right to the Ducks. So where do the Stars stand now? The clock has already been ticking and now their chances are running out.
The Stars fly out today for their game tomorrow night at the Nashville Predators sitting in the 9th spot in the West. After 73 games, Dallas has earned 86 points. While sitting in the first spot out of the playoffs is not somewhere we would hope the Stars would be after leading the division for half of the season, they surprisingly still have a great chance. The Ducks sit in 8th with 87 points and the tiebreaker over the Stars, but they have played one more game then Dallas and the two teams still have one more game against each other. So jumping past the Ducks is still possible. They lost against the Preds last night, leaving the door still wide open for the Stars. The Chicago Blackhawks have 88 points in 73 games to put them at 7th, and while they are only two ahead of the Stars, they are not the team I think the Stars can surpass. The Blackhawks just keep getting better as the season goes on and I see them finishing 5th or 6th with a good chance to make noise in the playoffs.
So the other team the stars can catch? Well none other then their opponents for Saturday night. While they sit in 6th with 90 points via a 40-25-10 record, the Preds have played played 75 games. This gives the Stars two full games that Nashville does not have. Connect the dots and this means that with a win tomorrow night the Stars could be two points behind them with two more games to play. So that makes two teams in the 6th-8th spots that I think Dallas is capable of getting ahead of.
Like everyone has been saying, including myself, this is the playoffs already. The Stars need points and the schedule is not going to be helpful at all to them. Their next five games are all against teams ahead of them in the West AND on the road, including all of their divisional opponents. How do you recover after Wednesday night’s collapse? You don’t. You forget about it, get fired up, and start playing like you are in the playoffs. Because if they do not start playing playoff hockey tomorrow night, then within the next 2-3 games they could be done until October.