Much like the above photo, the Stars have taken parts of this season right on the jaw, and with little consistency to the team in sight, it seems likely they will continue to.
While their record over their last 10 games isn't too terrible, 4-3-3 isn't worth being proud of.
Over the course of the week, the Stars dropped from being second behind San Jose to being second to last, losing valuable points to Los Angeles, which they had no control of due to the schedule, and Phoenix, which they should have won a game against Saturday night.
The question becomes are the Stars the real deal, or are they a team that looks better than they truly are, destined to sit out of the playoffs again.
One stat worth recognizing is the goal differential. The Stars, over the course of 19 games, have scored 59 goals, while giving up 57. While I admit the stat can be deceiving, this isn't a usual issue the Stars have.
Currently sitting on the outside looking in of the playoffs, having given up points to Phoenix, the Coyotes and Stars are currently even on points.
While four teams could make the playoffs from the Pacific Division, it's not likely, and the Stars should plan on being in third place if they have hopes at the playoffs.
The problem on the ice is even more difficult, the Stars goaltending and philosophy has appeared to be strong, yet the Stars have dropped games they shouldn't, and lost way too many in the overtime and shootout.
The Stars top scorers in Brad Richards, James Neal, and Loui Eriksson have all played well, but it appears likely more scoring from Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow could mean the difference between sitting out come May, or playing for the Stanley Cup.
In the end, I get the nagging feeling where the Stars are sitting in the conference at the end of the month will likely prove whether they are a team worth fearing, or just a tame infant kitten in the division.
Here's hoping the Stars don't wait until Christmas to find consistency under their tree. By then, it will be too late.
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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