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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Will The Stars’ 2021 Epitaph Be ‘Too Little, Too Late’?

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It’s certainly been the case in too many of their losses. Plus, Jake Oettinger makes news, NHL prospects make the All-American team, and more.

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The Dallas Stars tried, they really did. The trouble is, they didn’t try hard enough until the third period, again. Now they’ve dropped another one-point game to an opponent they should have beaten like a drum.

Last night’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings had its high points, mostly thanks to some nice teamwork on the Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson goals late in the third period. But there’s been far too much of the same old story, as Stars senior staff writer Mike Heika points out:

They have won four of their past 15 games and are holding onto hope for a playoff spot only because of losses in overtime and shootouts. They struggle to score goals when they dominate 5-on-5 play. They struggle to score goals when the game is on the line and they are on the power play. They struggle to score goals for large portions pretty much every game.

On Thursday, Dallas had a 40-21 advantage in shots on goal against the Red Wings, but only cracked the net in the third period, including an extra skater goal with 1:20 left in regulation. Three of their past five goals have come with the goalie pulled in frantic situations. And while that’s not the worst trick in the world, they can’t continue to play like this.

COVID concerns, weather delays, and other external factors have added to the team’s general enervation. But trying and failing to shake themselves out of their current pattern appears to be taking a toll as well:

The frustration is such that it can affect how the Stars play. After all, this team is 26 games into the 56-game schedule and they seem to be repeating the same storyline over and over. That can’t be just coincidence, right?

“It’s always frustrating when I think you play pretty good hockey and you keep finding ways to lose,” said center Radek Faksa. “We keep finding ways to lose games, and we don’t know the reason. We’ll keep playing hard and hopefully it will turn out.”

There’s more at Mike’s place. [Dallas Stars]


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