Mar 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) and Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) in front of the goal in the first period at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Stars vs. Kings - Can the Stars pull it together?

After last night’s loss to Colorado, the Stars have proven they will need more than determination and will power to get a win against the Los Angeles Kings, who currently hold second place in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

Unlike the Stars, playing at home is a huge plus for the Kings, who have won each of their last five home games. But despite last night’s immensely disappointing loss to the Avalanche, the Stars have played decently while on the road, going 6-5 since February. In Dallas’ first away game of the month, the Stars beat the Kings 5-2.

Comfort seems to be a big issue the Stars have encountered as of late. In both last night’s game against the Avalanche and Monday’s game against the Flames, the Stars have started games with power, leading at the end of the first period by two and three goals. But then the second period begins and, to put it simply, something happens and the Stars lose it. Whether it be composure or concern that goes flying out the window, something snaps and far-too-easy goals are scored and games become far too close. Repeatedly. After the painful 8-1 defeat by Chicago Saturday, surely one of the things the Stars have learned is that getting comfortable with a lead of any size is not acceptable.

Statistically, Stars fans are likely to be disappointed with tonight’s outcome. The Stars are averaging 2.59 goals per game, while the Kings are averaging 3.00.  And the Stars are allowing, on average, 3.00 goals per game. The Kings average 2.48. So the Stars are far more likely to be scored on than they are to score on both fronts.

The Kings are also playing pretty strong on the power play at 20.4 percent, good for ninth in the entire league.

Ultimately, the Stars are going to have to change, and really change, something. It’s time to do more than just talk about it. Something big has to change if this team has any hope of making it to the playoffs. Tonight will either showcase that desire for real change, or it will highlight the in-locker room need of a stronger change than simply switching around a lineup.

The first face off is at 9:30 p.m. tonight and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

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