The Dallas Stars have five games remaining in the season, and they are coming off their last "guarantee" win of the year - 3-1 at Edmonton on Wednesday night. Stars v. Oilers is one of the biggest guarantees in sports.
This from the Edmonton Sun: the Stars are 55-13 in the last 68 games against the Oilers, and won five of six series in the playoffs.
Not that many people around the greater FW/d know this, but Stars' offseason free agent signee Michael Ryder now has 35 goals this season. He is ninth in the league in goals, one behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Every other game they could be the underdog, or at best it's a tossup:
3/30 at Vancouver (47-21-9, 103 pts.). Stars are 2-1 against Canucks this season.
3/31 at San Jose (39-28-10, 88 pts). Back to backs are tough.
4/3 vs. San Jose (39-28-10, 88 pts.). Stars are 1-3 against Sharks this season.
4/5 at Nashville (44-25-8, 96 pts.). Stars are 2-1 in this series.
4/7 vs. St. Louis (48-20-9, 105 pts.). Stars are 1-2 against Fightin' Ken Hitchock's this season.
The Stars are somehow still in first place in the Pacific Division with 89 points. Phoenix sits at ninth in the Western Conference with 87 points.
This thing still very much feels like it could go either way. I'll say they get in.
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