The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is amid an intense arctic blast with frigidly cold temperatures dropping past 5° F over the weekend.
The Stars are copying the cold outside with their performance over the past few games.
Since starting 4-0-0, they are 1-3-3 with way more questions than answers to a struggling team. These temperatures are the perfect metaphor for where the team is lately.
Jake Oettinger played a great 2 games in net against the Chicago Blackhawks to start the 8-game homestand. He secured 2 points after allowing just 4 goals in 2 games during overtime losses to the dreaded Blackhawks. It’s nice to see the Stars have options in the goaltending department.
Those 2 overtime losses hurt, and they shouldn’t accept that 1 point is good enough in this division. 1-3-3 over a 7-game span is dismal. It’s only the start of the season, so it’s only “slightly” worrying about racking up all these L’s. Last season, they started 1-7-1 and made it to the Stanley Cup Final, but you can’t win the Stanley Cup in the first 11 games of the season unless you’re the 2012-13 Blackhawks. It’s too early to panic, but the last few games are concerning.
The ratio of home to away games after this homestand will be 12:4. A word that comes to mind with a 5-3-3 record after 7:4 games home: away is oof. They can’t let these home games slip away. The Stars have lost 6 games, 3 in overtime, to 5 wins.
With a brutal division, the Stars should look at their record as 5-6.
Opponents need to understand that when they come to the American Airlines Center, they are cruisin’ for a bruisin’ and the Stars are their cruise director, nicknamed “Captain Bruisin'” – Michael Scott, The Office
Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and Ralph Strangis used to say you need to go .750 at home and .500 on the road to make the playoffs. The Stars are just teetering along the edge at that statement. They have a points percentage of 71.43% at home and 37.5% on the road. The Stars do not have time to figure out the problem because they gave up 6 points to the Carolina Hurricanes with 5 games left to play against them.
Many Stars fans broke out the ice skates to play hockey in the street. These temperatures would have been great for the Winter Classic last year. Going 1-3-3 over 7 games is not enough to panic or sound the alarm bell, but fans expect better. The ice-cold offense is enough to mirror the outside temps.
Stanley Cup Final rematches start on Thursday, Feb. 18, with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Including this game, they have 4 games over the next week. Simply put, the Stars need 3 wins. Anything less than that spells trouble for the playoff picture.
We’ll see how this week goes, but a win against the Lightning is sure to ignite a fire in their step despite a frigid Texas winter.
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