What a terrible week for the Dallas Stars. They entered their final road trip of the season with a >95% chance of making the playoffs. Their odds just plummeted to a 72.1% chance after three straight losses. Four more games round out the regular season with playoff hopes on the line. The Vegas Golden Knights are right on their tail and climbing. Playoffs are a necessity as the fanbase will erupt in an online riot if they miss. That’s nothing compared to what happens in the offseason. The future of this franchise is at stake this week.
19-20-2 is the final road mark for the Stars. This record is subpar as they are looking at playing every series without home-ice advantage. Last week didn’t help with three straight losses putting a damper on playoff hopes. They need to win games on the road if they have aspirations of winning a playoff series. This is especially true since the Colorado Avalanche are going to be a tough opponent at any venue. The juggernaut of the Avalanche are their First Round opponent as it stands.
Race With Vegas
The Golden Knights play the Stars in the most critical game of the season on Tuesday. Tuesday night might end the playoff race. Vegas is two points behind the Stars with the same number of games. The winner likely gets Colorado in the First Round. Hope is still alive with a loss but with worse odds.
Fanbase Already on Edge
The future comes down to this final week of the season. The fans don’t get to make decisions but they want one above all. Fans want Head Coach Rick Bowness gone if they miss the playoffs. They’ve been in a playoff spot for the majority of the season. Missing it may light the powder keg. Expect front office changes if they can’t deliver next week.
Fans are not having it after this previous week. The Stars have all kinds of problems but the fact they are still in the playoff hunt is astounding. They need to solve whatever it is fast. Pavelski, Hintz, and Robertson account for 100/225 of all goals this season. The fanbase loves this line. The playoffs are coming and the rest of the Stars need to play at a level fans haven’t seen this season to qualify.