The Dallas Stars are now in danger of missing the postseason after a 3 to 0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Glen Gulutzan has done a solid job in his first season as the Dallas Stars head coach.
Dallas was not a team expected to be in the playoff hunt when the season started. I expected the Dallas Stars to be a bottom 5 bottom 10 doormat in the NHL. Dallas has won games in effective fashion just like last season.
Dallas had Brad Richards and an old coaching regime clean house after falling short last season. Dallas lost last seasons regular season contest to the Minnesota Wild. Now veterans from last years Stars squad are searching for a chance at redemption with the odds stacked against them. The Dallas Stars look like their going to need Tuesday’s win VS the Sharks in regular season rematch finale just to get into playoff consideration.
The Los Angeles Kings 2 to 0 win over the Edmonton Oilers makes Dallas a long shot to win the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. The Kings now have 93 points with a surging lead in the Pacific Division. Dallas only has 89 points and 3 games left to play. Basically, Dallas would need to win out and have Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Jose all lose the remainder of their games to win the Pacific Division.
Dallas travels to face the Nashville Predators on Thursday before wrapping up the regular season on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Dallas will set their mindset on these two Central Division teams in the Western Conference after Tuesday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Dallas faces a war of attrition before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These 3 games will be a pretest of what Dallas has yet to face if Dallas manages to qualify for the Cup.