It seems like every time the Dallas Stars manage to get more shots than their opponent, they end up losing a game they should’ve won.
It already happened against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout loss on Dec. 5, and now it happened on home ice as the Stars had 45 shots and the Detroit Red Wings only had 27. However, the Red Wings were much more efficient and as a result, they came away with a huge 5-1 win on the road.
Granted, the Stars have been lucky some other times like in the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, where Dallas was outplayed yet ended up winning. However, the reality is that the Stars are not in a position where they can afford to drop games they should win easily.
The team managed by Lindy Ruff has put up a respectable campaign and even though they have 47 points in 42 games – on pace for 94 points during the regular season – they are currently out of the playoff picture, two points behind the Phoenix Coyotes. The Western Conference is as packed as it has been in recent years and if the Stars want to return to the playoffs, they need to be even more consistent with their shooting.
Players like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and rookie Valeri Nichushkin have put up some respectable numbers so far, but the team needs more to reach the objectives set at the beginning of the campaign. The power play and the forward lines need to take advantage of their chances and unless they turn things around soon, the Stars could end up out of the playoff for the sixth straight season.