After a heartbreaking loss to Anaheim on Wednesday kept the Stars on the wrong side of the 8th spot in the Western Conference, it dawned on me that this team could very well (and probably will) miss the playoffs.
But first, a question.
If this was any other Dallas team, how would we be reacting to a collapse like this?
The Stars went from third place in the conference on February 1st, 9 points ahead of the 9th spot in the conference, all the way to 9th in the conference, 1 point behind the 8th and final seed in the playoff race. In this time span they’ve gone 8-10-5 and compiled only 21 (out of a possible 46) points.
They now sit one point behind Anaheim for the last spot in the playoffs with 9 games to go. 7 of those games are on the road, 5 of which are against teams currently sitting in a playoff spot.
I’d have more hope if these games were at home, but they’re not, and the Stars are 17-14-2 on the road this year.
In all likelihood this means that the road ends in the regular season this year.
I guess I shouldn’t be too disappointed. After all, the Stars weren’t expected to be in the race at all this year.
But I can tell you for sure, if Brad Richards doesn’t resign, it will have been a huge missed opportunity to get a lot of talent in here, and for what?
Not a whole lot.
Anywho, we’ll see how the last two weeks play out, but I don’t think it’s going to end well for our boys.