Mar 8, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Tomas Vincour (81) prepares to take the shot during the overtime shootout against the San Jose Sharks at the American Airlines Center. Vincour would score the only shootout goal and the Stars would win the game 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The Stars picked a terrible time to go into a slump. With the season winding down and their fate in their own hands the Stars couldn't cross the finish line to make the playoffs. The Nashville Predators officially pulled the plug on the Stars playoff chances Thusday night with a 2-0 win. The same issues that have plagued the Stars all season continued to plague them against the Predators as they were outchanced 18-12.
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The Stars powerplay was once again mediocre. The penalty killing was once again really good. The Stars "checking" line was run over, and the Stars struggled once again to score goals. It's a common formula we've come to expect this past year, and the result of that formula is a fourth straight year without playoff hockey.
The Stars powerplay, despite looking decent at times against the Predators, didn't generate very much at all. Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder, in over four minutes of powerplay time, only generated two chances. Jamie Benn, in five minutes of powerplay time, was only able to help generate one chance. There are any number of reasons for those poor results, but the reality is that it simply isn't good enough. The penalty killing didn't allow a chance against.
The Stars third line took it on the chin against the Predators. In about 11 minutes they were a collective -6 chances. The top two lines, while closer to even, weren't particularly good either. They didn't generate nearly enough offense relative to what is expected out of them.
In eight minutes of ice time Ryan Garbutt led the Stars at +2 chances. A couple of guys made it to +1, but everyone else was either even or negative. The checking line was -6 like I mentioned earlier, but they trailed Trevor Daley for the biggest negative of the night. He was -7 chances while trying to join the rush more to generate some offense.
In a few hours the Stars take the ice to finish the season against the Blues. The kids will be playing today so we should at least have something interesting to discuss next week. It's been a long year, and I for one look forward to seeing how the kids do against the Blues on Fan Appreciation Night to close things out.