Stars Fading Fast

The Stars boat is sinking quickly.

It’s losing momentum, confidence, players and games. It’s losing ground in the standings, too.

After a 4-1 loss last night to the last place (in the whole LEAGUE) Edmonton Oilers, the Stars have fallen to 5th in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of 8th place Calgary and three points ahead of the LA Kings.

Basically, the Stars need to pull it together, and fast.

Tonight they play the aforementioned Calgary Flames, a team that is 7-1-2 in its last 10 games and is looking to make a push towards the top of the standings to secure a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, the Stars are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games, and they’ll play tonight’s game without Brad Richards or Nicklas Grossman, two players who are proving their worth exponentially by not being in the lineup.

Is all hope lost? No, not yet. There’s still plenty of time to get back on track and make the playoffs.

But in a race this tight, I’d rather not leave anything to chance.

So Stars, let’s pull it together eh?

Stars ‘Thrash’ Atlanta, Keep Pace with Western Elite

Last night I witnessed the Stars lay a beatdown on the Atlanta Thrashers 6-1 first hand.

I watched as the Stars asserted their dominance in every aspect of the game, out hitting, out hustling and out playing Atlanta as they cruised to victory.

It was a great game for several reasons. It was the first time Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had faced the only other team he’s ever known since being traded from Atlanta to Dallas midway through last season. Lehtonen had spent his entire career with the Thrashers, who drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft.

The win also helps Dallas keep pace with the two top teams in the Western Conference, Vancouver and Detroit.

With Vancouver winning on Friday night and Detroit winning on Saturday, the Stars needed a good showing to remain 5 points behind the Canucks and 3 behind the Red Wings. The got just that with two goals each from Trevor Daley and James Neal, with Jeff Woiwitka and Adam Burish also scoring goals.

Lehtonen showed nerves of steel as he repeatedly turned back shots from his former teammates, making the Thrashers front office second guess themselves time and time again.

At the end of the night, Atlanta was a city in sports ruins, with the Falcons getting it just as bad against the Packers.

Meanwhile in Dallas, we’re all hoping that the Stars can get back to the promised land and bring this city its first championship since 1999, when the Stars won the Stanley Cup.