Your Dallas Stars drop the puck on their final game of their 5-game roadtrip tonight, but at this point I think most of us agree that it is too late for the boys in black. Dallas dropped another one in L.A. yesterday afternoon, and despite every single game being a “must-win” for the team’s hopes at the playoffs, they have now dropped six straight game. For all the “well they might still have a tiny chance” talk, after yesterday’s loss to the Kings it became clear to just about everyone that the Stars could not make it. Now they would have to win all of their last five games and still get help along the way to even sneak in. And it does not look like this team is capable of that after their play over the last 3-4 weeks.
All signs point to another spring without any playoff hockey here in Dallas. If the team wants any chance to at least make it interesting they will have to jump on the ice tonight and get a win from a “playoff” team. The Anaheim Ducks will host the Stars tonight, and with a win in regulation the Quackers can clinch a playoff spot and shut the door on the Stars 99% of the way. So the Stars are walking into another road game against a team fighting for a playoff spot, and the Ducks will be fired up knowing they can clinch a spot and shut the door on the Stars. If the Stars want to even make an effort tonight against the Ducks then they might try scoring some goals. A total of nine goals over the last six games is a huge part of why the Stars are looking at missing the playoffs again. It is very obvious that against all of these Western teams that are in the top 9-10 of the standings, you will need a couple of goals to win games. At least more then 1.5 goals per game. Where has the offense gone? Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson have both basically disappeared down the stretch after coming back from injuries (minus Brad scoring the lone goal in L.A.). Richards was out for a while with a concussion and has since only put up seven points in 11 games, and Eriksson missed a couple of games and has since been -5 in six games. Two of the Stars top offensive players looking like they are playing at 75% has seemingly killed half of their offense.
So the season is finally on the line completely. Lose tonight, and the Ducks, Kings, and Coyotes can all clinch in different ways. Win, and Dallas can make it interesting for a least a couple more games. But at this point I think most of us, or at least most fans I have talked to, know that the Stars are out of it. But it would not hurt for them to show some heart and win some of these final games for themselves and the fanbase. The puck drops at 7pm CST, so make sure to tune in for at least one more game.