Razor With an Edge: The Final Month

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 8:26 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: The Final Month

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 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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