As the NHL season winds down, the Dallas Stars find themselves in a tight race for the central division. The Stars, along with the Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets, are guaranteed for the playoffs, barring an unlikely collapse from somebody. The question is how will the three fare in the top three after game number 82. Today, we will look at how Dallas has done vs. their central divisional adversaries in the central’s dead heat.

Frostbit vs. Colorado

Playing the Avalanche this far has been a chore for the Stars. They lost both games in Dallas. Once in overtime. And it was blowing a three-goal lead in the first meeting of the season. Dallas’ depth has not yet found an answer to Colorado’s front-end talented roster.

So far in Denver, the Stars haven’t fared any better. The one highlight from a 5-1 drubbing was the play of the rookie Stankoven playing alongside the sophomore Wyatt Johnston. To be fair, playing the Avalanche in Colorado on the second half of a back to back seems to be a scheduled loss for everybody.

Grounding the Jets

On Thursday, February 29th, the Stars played game three their four-game season series with the Jets. As Dallas leaped back into the win column. With one of two meetings this week in Dallas. The season finale is on April 11th. With Dallas hoping to break out the brooms at the AAC. The potential of sweeping the regular season series vs former Dallas coach Rick Bowness’ team.

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The meeting in Dallas on February 29th was another four point victory for the Stars. Stankoven scored his third goal in as many games and continues to make his NHL case. Dallas has shown up to play a strong defensive game vs arguably the NHL’s best defense. With the scoring to solve one of the league’s best net minders in Connor Hellebuyck.

Seemingly inevitable playoff implications

Lately, the Stars find themselves constantly shifting in the top three of their division. So you could say there’s a 66% chance they’ll play either Winnipeg or Colorado in the first round of the playoffs. In one of those rugged two-seed vs. three-seed matchups. The other 33% would be one, three to six different teams fighting for a wild card spot. While the top three in the central, despite the nightly shifting, are most likely fully booked.

Dallas has been unstoppable vs Winnipeg. The Stars have no answers for the Avs (right now). After that 82nd game, all records reset to zeros across the board. Whether the Stars play a team they can’t seem to beat or haven’t lost to; a key trade was made that betters Dallas’ chances against anybody they draw in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Keeping in mind with that depth scoring, number one defenseman, and goaltending, they were already a threat to the rest of the NHL.

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