Back-to-back games have troubled the Dallas Stars for the past three seasons, and they could lead to another year without a playoff appearance if the Stars cannot find a way to reverse the trend.
Since the Stars’ management and roster is different in comparison to the past three seasons, we will just take a look at this season’s history of back-to-backs.
The Stars are 9-8-1 this season in back-to-backs. They have outscored opponents 45-44 in the 18 games. Their home record is flawless at 4-0-0, but they are 5-8-1 on the road. The first game has not been a problem for the Stars this season. They are 6-3-0 in the first game of a back-to-back, but a 3-4-1 record in the second game shows they struggle to bring the same intensity, energy and efficiency.
It is no wonder the Stars lost to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night. They were on the road for the second game of a back-to-back, and they faced one of the best teams in the league. Still, the Stars will have to find a way to solve this problem if they hope to make the playoffs this season.
The Stars still have three sets of back-to-backs left this season. Three of the six games come against teams in playoff positions, and four of the six will be on the road. Their two home games come against the Nashville Predators who hold a 2-1-0 record over the Stars this season. They will have to face the league’s current best team, the St. Louis Blues, on the road in the second game of the first set of back-to-backs.
One of the games remaining is the rescheduled matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets that was postponed Mar. 10 when Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas bench. They played over six minutes of that game, but the NHL announced they will play a full 60-minute game on Apr. 9. The game will not be completely reset however, as the Blue Jackets will start the game with a 1-0 lead since that was the score when the game was postponed.
Though they have been struggling with back-to-backs this season, the Stars have improved over recent seasons. They just need to find a way to improve a little more as they get set for three more back-to-backs that will affect their playoff chances.