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 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 56 29 34 18 63
T. Seguin 56 30 32 13 62
J. Klingberg 56 10 37 13 47
P. Sharp 56 16 25 -2 41
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
A. Goligoski 56 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 56 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 56 11 10 13 21
A. Hemsky 49 6 14 0 20
J. Demers 49 7 12 16 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 16 5 0 .910 2.80
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