This time a month ago the Stars were struggling to stay in the race for a playoff spot, more or less a top spot in the Western Conference.
Now, they’re 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, earning 19 out of 20 possible points.
They’ve shot to the top of the relatively weak Pacific Division and currently sit in 3rd in the conference. On top of everything, the streak has come without captain Brendan Morrow (until this past Saturday) and started without young sensation Jamie Benn.
During the streak, the Stars have averaged 3.3 goals a game, while allowing only 1.6, thanks in large part to the spectacular play of Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman.
Now, this streak hasn’t been against some of the strongest teams, with only five of the ten being against current playoff bound teams (but they did beat Vancouver twice during the stretch), but that shouldn’t take anything away from what they have done.
Now, with 13 games to play, the Stars need to focus on finishing strong. Eleven games will be against teams that are currently in, or fighting for, a playoff spot.
This Week’s Preview
3/13 @ Minnesota
3/14 @ Winnipeg
3/16 vs. Chicago
The Stars go on a quick road trip Tuesday and Wednesday before heading home to face off against Chicago on Friday. I don’t see any reason for Dallas to continue their hot streak, but they’ll have to make up for an injury to Sheldon Souray. The defenseman is doubtful Tuesday, and will be reevaluated Wednesday.
However, the Stars have been fighting through injuries all year.
Here’s to hoping the Stars can finish strong.