Dallas Stars on 'red alert' as slump continues

Jan 20, 11:45 AM

In the midst of a 1-7-1 stretch, Dallas Stars head coach told the Dallas Morning News the team is on "red alert" heading into back-to-back games against the Minnesota Wild and the Nashville Predators.

With an overall record of 21-19-8 (50 points), the Stars sit nine points behind Minnesota and Vancouver in the standings, both of whom occupy the last two playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Despite the recent struggles, general manager Jim Nill said he will not rush to make big changes to the roster.

So when you hit this patch, you don’t want to overreact. We’ve struggled, there’s no doubt about that, and we have to find answers. But I still want to look at the big picture to see if we can find the team we were just a couple of weeks ago.

An good sign for the Stars is that Tyler Seguin (four assists) and Jamie Benn (two goals, one assist) have combined for seven points in the last four games. 

Overall, Ruff was encouraged by the team's 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota on Saturday, and believes his team needs to focus on limiting mistakes: “It’s hard to find a lot of bad stuff — possession-wise, zone-wise, everything was good. You can’t run around and pick on those one or two mistakes. We’re not going to play a perfect game.”

The Stars will play the Predators in Nashville on Monday.

Jan 13, 2:19 PM

Dallas Stars stuck in worst losing streak since 1995

Jan 13, 2:19 PM

After Sunday's 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders, the Dallas Stars find themselves in a situation they haven't been in since 1995 - losers of six straight games in regulation.

Dating back to the beginning of 2014, the Stars have dropped games to the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders (twice), New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, stalling their attempted climb up the Western Conference standings. 

What's especially troubling is the fact that four of those losses came at the hands of Metropolitan Division opponents, a collection of teams generally seen as a feasting ground this season.

“When you’re struggling as a group, instead of finding ways to win you find ways to lose, and that’s kind of where we’re at right now,” veteran forward Ray Whitney told the Dallas News“You’re not going to get a win until you earn it. At times in the last two games we’ve played like we’ve deserved to win. But in the end, we’re not doing enough good things long enough in a game to warrant a victory.”

The losing streak is compounded by the recent struggles of the team's leading scorers, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Seguin hasn't registered a point in five games, and Benn has scored a lone goal in that span.

Whitney added “there’s only one way out" the team's predicament: "that’s just with simple hard work and a commitment to playing the right way. Until you get that, you’re not going to have the success you want as a group.”

Dallas' next game is Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, which is as good an oppotryunity as any to end this streak.