Dallas Stars Move Closer to Playoff Position with Win

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The Dallas Stars were a team struggling to find an identity not too long ago while bouncing between the No. 12 seed and the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference. But now, just days before the Olympic break, the Stars have put themselves in a great position for the stretch run.

After Tuesday’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Stars have climbed within one point of the No. 9 seed Coyotes and two points behind the No. 8 seed Vancouver Canucks. With their 3-1 win over the hometown team, Dallas has a chance to climb even with the Canucks before heading into the Olympic break.

Dallas has set themselves up in a position to do something they haven’t done in five years — make the playoffs. Under the new leadership of Lindy Ruff, the Stars have taken some time to figure things out and put it all together.

Of course some might argue that the Olympic break is coming at a bad time for the Stars. Here they are playing really well and now we’re going to ask them to take two weeks off for the Olympics. Some might argue this is the worst time for a layoff to happen for Dallas, but others would contend that they will be able to rest and recover for the stretch run.

Whichever side of the debate you land on, one thing is for certain: The Stars should have an incredible last two months of the season and provide lots of drama for their fans down the stretch.

Greg Higgins is an NHL contributor for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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