Dallas Stars Within Striking Distance in Western Conference

By Greg Higgins
Erik Cole
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look now, but the Dallas Stars are moving up the Western Conference Standings. After an offseason in which changes were happening at a crazy pace, the Stars brought together a mix of young guys and veterans as well that they thought would get them over the hump and into the playoffs.

Add all of that with a veteran coach who knows how to win and the Stars were poised to be the darlings of the NHL. However, the new faces along with injuries have put them in a position they didn’t think they would be in it. The Stars have been sitting outside the top eight in the Western Conference for most of the season.

Injuries to Stephan Robidas and Kari Lehtonen left this team in search for some answers and quickly. What they found was the new, younger guys were the ones to take the reigns and move forward. Players like Alex Chiasson and Valeri Nichushkin were the ones that could help lead this team.

After Friday’s 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators the Stars sit in the 10th spot in the conference. More importantly, though, Dallas is only two points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the 8th spot and five points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the 7th spot.

This is where the Stars thought they should be when the season started. Luckily for them, they still have plenty of time to make up ground in the conference. As the new guys start gelling together and playing more and more like a team, you can figure the Stars into the playoff situation in the conference. The only question left is whose spot will they take? I guess we will have to hang around for a couple of months and find out.

Greg Higgins is a NHL contributor for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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