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Razor With an Edge: The Final Month

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 9:26 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: The Final Month
Razor looks at the final month for the Stars and examines just how the Stars have finished the regular season in recent years.

The Stars are in 8th in the Western Conference and if that's the case four weeks from now they'll end a five-year absence from the postseason.

Done deal? Hardly. Can they do it? Sure.

Will I continue to ask and answer my own questions? Perhaps.

Plenty of pieces have to fall in place for this to happen and they need to remain on a similar pace to that which we have been witness to since mid-January.

They'll also have to do a lot of the pursuing on the road.

Ten of these final sixteen games are to be played away from American Airlines Center. The Stars are 14-13-4 on the road so far, so giddy-up.

In similar positions in recent past, the team has repeatedly fell just short.

Last year they closed 1-5-1 following a mini surge right after the trade deadline purge of Morrow, Jagr, Roy and Ryder. 48 Points (48 game schedule)

In 2012, they stumbled to the finish with a 3-9 mark, losing the final five. 89 Points

In 2011, they came real bloody close. Unfortunately, a 6-6-3 final fifteen games needed to be 7-5-3. That was the year of the Game 82 showdown in Minnesota. All that was needed was a victory over a Wild team that was depleted, out of the post season, and icing a roster that seemed close to 50/50 NHL/AHL players. The Stars lost 5-3. Ugh. 95 Points

The 2010 playoff bid didn't go poof in the final fifteen games, it got away from the team when they stumbled out of the Olympic Break with a disastrous 1-5-1 skid. The rest of the way they were a decent 8-5-1 but the damage was done. 88 Points

2009 wasn't good. Morrow played only 18 games, Lehtinen 48, Richards just 56. Even worse, Sean Avery played 23 (Ya, remember that turd). They actually got themselves seven games over .500 (27-20-7) in mid-February but couldn't sustain the momentum and ended up winning just five times in regulation over the final 28 games. 83 Points

So what's it gonna take? Twenty more points? Twenty-One? Twenty-Two? (They have 75) 9-4-3?

Not easy but very much doable, because they just posted a 10-3-3 mark in their last 15 games. Ten wins, three regulation losses, and three overtime or shootout losses (of course, they went 3-8-1 in the 11 games prior, but for purposes of panglossity we are just going to ignore that segment - editorial license.).

And just what is the likelihood that Game 82, Stars @ Coyotes, April 13th, ends up being for all the marbles? Highly likely. Of course it will be.

Are there other factors (or teams) in play? Absolutely.

Is making the playoffs an absolute must for this exciting, rebuilding team? No. Will string theory be involved in the algorithm of probability for all of this? What? Is this the last question I'll annoyingly ask and immediately answer? Yes.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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