Each NHL season has its ups and downs and the Dallas Stars are at their lowest point. A 4-3-3 record over the last 10 games has them falling down the standings in a division where regular wins are critical. Only 21 games are left in the regular season but a division title appears out of the question now. The Winnipeg Jets stormed back with a 4-game winning streak to knock the Stars off the top spot in the Central. A loss against Colorado makes the stakes even higher as they can now possibly drop to 3rd if they keep it up. One bright spot is the emergence of Rookie Logan Stankoven. Stankoven appears ready to stay after showing signs of brilliance in his career infancy. He could be the missing puzzle piece to get the Stars out of their recent funk.

Loss After Loss

The Stars held onto a sizable lead in the division race. That quickly depleted within two weeks. They are now tied in points for the division lead with the Jets but Winnipeg has four games fewer. One win in their last seven games will do that to a club. Their recent trip to the Eastern Seaboard proved disastrous while only scoring seven goals in four games. They only gave up 11 goals in that span so just one of those results being different could have put them in a much better position. Dropping points when they need them is not prevalent for the position they want. Nine overtime/shootout losses also put a damper on the mood. They’ll need lots more points to right the ship. One shiny penny is the emergence of one rookie.

The Stank Man

21st birthdays are usually reserved for a grand party. Logan Stankoven’s 21st birthday involved scoring his 1st NHL career goal. He recorded the only goal in the loss to Colorado. Two goals in his first three games is something to look forward to from this highly touted prospect. Stankoven burst onto the scene after dazzling in the AHL and WHL. He recorded 57 points in 47 games this season with the Texas Stars. His potential displayed in the 2021-22 with the Kamloops Blazers where he scored 104 points in 59 games. He may become the key piece needed for the Stars.

This team is capable of a lot more. They still have an offense that got even more stacked with Stankoven. Their longest regulation loss streak is still only two games. Thursday’s game against the Jets is as much a must-win in regulation as it gets. The last 21 games could come down to the wire.

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