Once again, the local ice hockey team that plays the sport of hockey in the National Hockey League is sitting on the outside. My hope/faith and confidence in the Dallas Stars continues to be rewarded with a giant pile of dog mess.
The team has lost five of its last seven going into the break.
The Stars sit in 10th in the Western Conference with 52 points. Unless NHL boss Donald Fehr and his soon to be new pet, commish Gary Bettman, suddenly agree to expand the playoffs to include a few more teams, once again the Stars will be out. The Stars are in real danger of extending their playoff-less streak to a franchise-record four straight years.
The Stars return tonight (Wed., Feb. 1) with a game at Anaheim, and again tomorrow night with at San Jose. The team returns home on Saturday against the Wild.
Bitter? No. Frustrated? Yes. I keep wanting to believe this team knows what it's doing and is building the right way, yet here they are in danger of becoming even more irrelevant than they have been. The new ownership needs time, and the ticket-price reduction was a solid first step, but at some point they have to give people a reason to care. The only way you entice fans for them to care about hockey is a playoff run.
Statistically, the Stars aren't bad. They aren't great. They are stuck in the middle. If they don't address their power play (ranked 26th in the NHL) soon they are doomed to be on the wrong side of the middle, and out of the playoffs again.
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