NHL Power Rankings: Stars Join Penguins and Blues Atop the Hockey Hierarchy

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NHL Power Rankings: Stars Join Penguins and Blues Atop the Hockey Hierarchy
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Dallas has an opportunity to run away with the Pacific and ensure that they’ll make the playoffs this year.

The bankrupt Stars are in need of a postseason appearance, their first since 2007-08, if they’re going to fill their seats and become solvent in the near future.

Despite losing superstar Brad Richards in the offseason, the Stars have stuck around all season and been in contention for a playoff spot.

What they didn’t expect is that the two powerhouse California teams, San Jose and LA, would take a step back this season and struggle down the stretch.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for this franchise.

The reason they are in this position is that they didn’t declare themselves "sellers" in the offseason, holding on to key pieces like Steve Ott, Sheldon Souray, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow.

And the ownership has been rewarded with their faith at a time when it would be easy to get anything they can for their superstars while removing their salaries from the books.

That said, Dallas cannot get complacent.

The Coyotes are hanging around, and the Sharks and Kings are supremely talented clubs that should make a push late in the season and are not out of the running for the Pacific Division title yet.

Will the Stars make the postseason this season? Could they make a run for the Cup?

We’ll have to wait and see.

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