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.