It’s been said that “when it rains, it pours.” For the Dallas Stars, this adage has never been more true. In the midst of their first four-game losing streak of the season, Dallas’ offense decided to take the night off against the New Jersey Devils in a 1-0 loss. The shutout comes on the heels of a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the New York Islanders.
After surrendering seven goals on Monday night, Kari Lehtonen did his part against the Devils to try and break the losing streak. Lehtonen faced 34 shots and stopped 33 of them. However, His counterpart Cory Schneider was one better, and that’s all it took.
Dallas remains in the 10th spot in the conference and only six points out of a playoff position. The problem for the Stars is they are going the wrong direction. During the four-game losing streak, all four losses came during regulation. This means that out of a possible eight points during these games, Dallas failed to gain any. That’s a hard pill to swallow for Lindy Ruff and his staff.
Factor in the fact that the Stars lost their last two games to teams towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and it’s even more mind-boggling. It goes without saying that if the Stars have any hope in making the playoffs, they have to figure this out. Right now, though, the playoffs seem like an unreal expectation for this team.
The Stars boast one of the best lines in all of hockey with Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin, yet for some reason they have a hard time scoring. I’m not trying to be captain obvious here, but the Stars must get better goal production from this line if they hope to end the streak and have a chance at the playoffs.