Officially, they slipped behind Anaheim into 11th place as the Ducks took a 3-2 SO win over Phoenix Thursday night.
More pressing for the Stars is that seventh-place Edmonton routed Colorado, 8-1, and now has 77 points in 70 games.
Meanwhile, Nashville lost to San Jose, but the Preds, of course, lost in a shootout, so they picked up a point in the standings. They stay in eighth place with 76 points in 71 games.
And that is where the Stars are most concerned. If the teams above them (and that group seems to be growing), continues to get points, then it will only be tougher for Dallas to get one of those spots.
On the good side, Vancouver beat St. Louis, 3-0. How about them Canucks? They really do look like the best team in the West right now.