The Dallas Stars remain in the playoff race, despite a disappointing 5-2 loss on Monday night, in a game that really lacked the intensity that would have demonstrated that this team belongs in the postseason.
In this nice little run they’ve had recently, they’re getting contributions from all over the lineup. Even Vernon Fiddler, who isn’t exactly known for putting points on the stat sheet, has been on an offensive tear. But there is one offensive presence that is noticeably absent from the box score.
Loui Eriksson is one of the top young offensive players for this team. He’s posted at least 70 points in each of the last three seasons. While the shortened season meant that he likely wouldn’t approach that number, the Stars haven’t received the production from him that they’re used to.
Eriksson has 26 points on the season, in 42 games. That’s not a terrible total, but for a player of his caliber, it is mighty disappointing. During the recent five-game winning streak of the Stars, he put up just three points combined. Those three points account for his total production in eight tilts in the month of April.
Where Eriksson has been particularly disappointing has been in the goal scoring department. A player with at least 25 goals in each of the past three years, Eriksson has just 10 on the year. Only four of those have come since the beginning of March. Not what was expected of him at all.
The shortened schedule could likely have an effect of some sort on Eriksson. But there’s no doubt that he’s been disappointing. If this team is going to surprise everyone and make it into the postseason, they’ll need a bit more from one of their young stars.