The Stars Are Not Shining Bright

A few months ago, I wrote a brief article about the return of hockey for the year and how exciting the Dallas Stars will be considering their year last year.  Suffice to say, this is not what I had expected.

As of this writing, Dallas sits in 6th (of 7) in the Central Division and 9 points back from the second wild card spot for the playoffs.  Granted, we are only approaching January and anything can happen, but this is not an enviable position at this point in the season.

There are three things that require attention from my previous post:

  1. Offense – This team was supposed to have such an improved offense over last year.  Instead, they fell a little.  Last season, they ended 11th in the league in goals for.  As of now, they reside in 13th.  Usually, after a somewhat surprising and good season along with some decent off-season additions, you would think offensive production would go up.  Sadly, it has not.  That’s not the worst of it, though…
  2. Defense – Last season, this team ended the regular season campaign in the middle of the pack for goals against at 16th in the league.  Where are they now?  Dead last.  As in 30th out of 30.  AND they have played fewer games than the next 3 teams on the list.  Slipping offensive production coupled with atrocious, porous, and downright awful defense has them actually over-achieving in my books.  They shouldn’t be as high as they are in the standings.
  3. At least they aren’t the Colorado Avalanche.  The only team in the division technically worse than they are right now (same points but Colorado has played 1 more game).  At least I can hang my hat on the fact that I said in my previous post that Colorado wasn’t going to cause many waves this year.  So far, so good on that one.

The bottom line is that points are harder to get at the end of the year.  Dallas has squandered and lost so many points that, given the relentlessness of their division and conference opponents, finding themselves in their current situation may already have doomed them for the year.  If they come out in January and don’t find a way to at least have a winning record for the month, they aren’t going to make it.

Hopefully January is kind to the Stars and they get it in gear.

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