When This Turns The Stars Will Triumph

Saturday, 11.2.2013 / 8:57 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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When This Turns The Stars Will Triumph

Hockey is a full contact game that often is decided by little things, minutia…granularity. The difference between a point earned and/or points (plural) secured can be a very slim margin indeed. A save here. A powerplay goal there. You know, details.

Friday night, the Stars rallied from 2 goals down in the 3rd on home ice to…lose in overtime, to division rival Colorado. The game prior at AAC they lost 2-1 in a Shootout, to division rival Winnipeg. (Top 3 teams in Central Div. make the playoffs.)

The last road game played the Stars got frustrated by the shot-blocking Canadiens and fell to the Habs in Montreal in a game they couldof/shouldof secured a point.

Close - Only good in hand-grenades and horseshoes.

So here’s my observation; the Stars don’t win enough in overtime at home nor get to overtime enough times on the road. This lack of “loser points” and “second points” has greatly contributed to them missing the playoffs in recent years - ironically by a similarly wafer-thin margin.

Take into consideration the lack of losses in overtime on the road. In the past 113 road games the Stars have only 7 points to show for getting to OT on foreign ice yet ultimately losing in either the 4 on 4 overtime frame or in a Shootout. Seven! (Zero in the first five road losses this season). I don’t really like the idea of getting something for losing (Other than tough lessons) but it is what it is.

At home, the Stars have a record of 98-65-25 over the past five seasons. That’s 25 “losses” in overtime or shootouts, five a year, twenty-five achievable points in total. Add the regulation losses and the “past 60 minutes” losses together and the team has won 98 and ‘lost’ 90 at home in that five year span. That’s eight measly games over .500…Sheesh. (If wondering, they were 79-38-6 over previous three seasons at home)

Yes, yes, I know they’ve also won games in overtime both at home and on the road but it just seems like a few more heroics in OT at American Airlines Center or a feel-good loss here and there on the road would have interrupted this five-year playoff drought.

If this current group can cobble together a few more feel good losses as they trek all over North America and “find a way to win” a smidge more on home ice it will tell me that they’ve turned a very important corner. The corner of Find-a-Way and Make-a-Way.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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