The Dallas Stars are currently 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the last Central Division playoff berth, effectively leaving a wild-card spot as their only way into the postseason for the first time in six seasons. Can they make it?
Currently ninth in the Western Conference with 10 games to go in the regular season, the Stars are three points behind the Phoenix Coyotes for that last spot and three up on the 10th-place Vancouver Canucks.
As such, the easy answer is “Yes.” The not-so-easy answer revolves around “if” they will or not.
After all, according to Sports Club Stats, they have just a 37.3 percent chance. However, fans need not lose hope—mainly because of the following five advantages the Stars hold over their closest competition.