The Dallas Stars have been unable to get out of their slump, and it seems like 2014 won’t be their year based on what’s happening so far in January.
Since the start of the New Year, the Stars have won only one game and they went from being a dangerous team that could make a playoff push to one that seems unable to win games. The team could end up in the divisional basement if they don’t turn things around soon enough.
There are plenty of reasons why the Stars are going through this funk right now. The defense is nowhere near what it was at the beginning of the season, the special teams continue to struggle and the goaltending of Kari Lehtonen hasn’t been enough, but no reason is bigger than the lack of accuracy on the shooting. The forward lines have been absolutely dreadful trying to put the puck on the net, and this issue was noticeable in last night’s game against the Nashville Predators.
As has been the case all season long, the Stars outshot their opponent but that didn’t matter. Dallas only scored once in 36 shots while the Predators managed to do it four times in only 23 attempts on goal. There is really no way to win games if your team can’t put the puck in the net, and the Stars have suffered from that during the past three weeks.
What’s worse is that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t there yet for Dallas. Guys like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin keep trying hard, but the goals simply aren’t there yet. Until the Stars can string together three or four games with good results, the team will keep struggling and continue losing confidence.