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Posted By Travis Currie On Jan 6 2012 @ 1:33 pm In Dallas Stars | No Comments

Unlike 15-20 years ago, playing .500 hockey just doesn’t cut it in the NHL. The win-one-lose-one pattern the Stars have been in for a while now has slowly worked them out of a playoff position.

The Stars sat atop the entire league heading in to a game vs the Penguins back on November the 11th, and since then have won just 11 of 24 games. They currently sit in 9th place in the West, even after Thursday night’s win against the 8th place Nashville Predators. They’ve bounced back and forth between holding the top spot in the Pacific and the 6-7-8 spots in the conference, but have gradually slid down the totem pole as other teams have picked up their pace and have put together winning streaks- which is exactly what the Stars are going to have to do to put the breaks on this gradual slide.

With the three point games and so much parody in the league nowadays, if you’re not moving up the standings you’re moving down. Heading in to the season, most experts picked the Stars to finish at or near the bottom of the conference while most Stars fans figured the team would be exactly where they are now – battling it out for one of the final playoff spots.

There’s still half a season to go ( 43 games to be exact as I write this ) and the Stars can either prove the fan base right by putting together the type of streak that had them sitting atop the league in mid November, or they can continue the current pace and prove that the analysts do know what they’re talking about after all.

No time like the present to put together such a streak. The Stars have the opportunity to make it two in a row at home against Edmonton Saturday afternoon.

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