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by Paul on 04/26/13 at 11:51 AM ET
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the season, the Stars aren’t in the top 10 in any main statistical category. They are 11th in scoring at 2.72, but 24th in GAA at 2.94. They are 17th on the power play at 17.3 percent and 17th on the penalty kill at 80.6 percent. They fixed their power play and power play opportunities (sixth in 2012-13) from last season, when they finished 30th and 28th respectively, but they still were 29th in times shorthanded after finishing 27th last season.
That’s not the progress the team was seeking.
So, while the rally has felt great, it pales a little under proper autopsy. What’s more, the Stars just faced some hungry teams in St. Louis, LA, San Jose and Columbus, and could get just one point in those four games. That sounds like a playoff sweep just waiting to happen. Or it sounds like they didn’t earn a trip to the post-season.
Do the Stars need big changes? Those are questions owner Tom Gaglardi and his lieutenants will have to ponder in the coming days and weeks.
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