To say the Stars haven't had a successful season so far would be a lie, then again after last season anything seems like a success. The problem is that the Stars aren't improving as the season grows older.
In their last ten the Stars have posted a 5-3-2 record, nothing to sneeze at but for a team that appears incapable of winning in the shootout, and making it count in overtime there are questions to ask, and hopefully answers can be found.
It would be an outright lie to say the Stars aren't getting points they need from extra time, but their overtime loss record is oddly similar of the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, both teams likely won't be making the playoffs.
The concern is if Dallas can't stop its extra time woes they could find themselves yet again on the outside looking in come spring. With it appearing clear at least three teams, if not four will make the playoffs from the Pacific division. The good news is Dallas holds their destiny in their own hands, but the time is running out for them to make things out in overtime and shootout.
The overtime and shootout issue is on top of a consistency issue. The Stars never appear to be the same team two nights in a row. One night they string together an amazing effort without any flaws, and the next they make every error in the book.
While in past years all eyes for the consistency issues would be on Marty Turco, his play has been strong when the Stars have needed it most and backup Alex Auld has been strong in his starts, at least until recently.
The good news is Dallas is only two points, one victory from tying the Pacific division lead, but the bad news is Phoenix and Los Angeles both have 18 points to Dallas' 17 and appear stay above Dallas in the standings.
For Dallas to truly achieve its goals for the year, they have to start focusing every game and placing more emphasis on the basics. If the team does this the likely-hood of stringing wins together goes up significantly and has fans in my position no longer showing concern over consistency.
I'm confident that if Dallas can address the consistency issue, the overtime issue will go the way of the dodo bird. I only hope the Stars find their groove, or exorcise their demons before January, when the points get much harder to come by and injuries pile up.
Ken Armer is a Community Leader for the NHL and the Dallas Stars for Bleacher Report. He also covers the Anaheim Ducks for SoCalSportsHub.com and covers the Texas and Dallas Stars for Hockey54.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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