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When This Turns The Stars Will Triumph

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 9:57 PM / 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\u2026granularity. 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.

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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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