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Stars ‘find ways to lose,’ mired in one of worst slumps in 20 years

Jan 13, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars are pointless this year.

That phrase is meant to be taken literally — since flipping the calendar to 2014, Dallas has yet to obtain a single point from six games, losing all of them in regulation while being outscored 26-12.

According to the Dallas Morning-News, it’s the first time the Stars have lost six in regulation since the 1995-96 campaign, a year in which the team went 26-42-14 — the worst record in the 20 years the club has been in Dallas.

Needless to say, things are rough in Big D.

“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 Ray Whitney explained. “You’re not going to get a win until you earn it.”

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s plaguing the Stars right now, because so many areas are cause for concern. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have just one combined point in the last five games, Kari Lehtnonen has an .882 save percentage in January and the club’s power-play at home — an NHL-worst 7.5 percent — is so bad it failed to record a single shot in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Islanders (of course, the Isles failed to either… but that’s hardly the point.)

If there’s a saving grace for the Stars, it’s that they’ll be spending the next while mostly in Dallas. They host Edmonton and Boston this week before a two-game set in Minnesota and Nashville. After that, Dallas has a five-game homestand, which should serve it well — the club is 9-7-5 at American Airlines this season, and collected five of a possible six points at home to close out 2013.

If that can’t get them out of this slump… well, things could get even rougher.

  1. ibieiniid - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    “big D”


  2. pmonte3122 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Lindy will find a way… First get some defenders

  3. purpleguy - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    It’s all Norm Green’s fault.

    • guitarhunterdude - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      I’ll reply to this with the requisite “NORM SUCKS” comment.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      what a clown he is

  4. bencia823 - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Dallas really hasnt been that good all year. Lehtonen has quietly been stealing games left and right for them, and with him out of form right now, the Stars are struggling

  5. rtubbssr - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Lindy sucked in buffalo what makes you think he will not do the same in Dallas that is where you start

  6. harrbenj - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I wouldn’t say the problem is Ruff, I’d say it’s really about a lack of dependable defense and second tier scoring. When Benn and Seguin are getting shut down, the Stars don’t have enough secondary firepower to make up for it. As it says, together they have one point in five games and its no coincidence they’ve lost all of those.

    As for defense, yes Robidas is out and that hurts but outside of him and Dillon the rest of their corps is nothing special. They’ve got some young guys who can hopefully develop but in the meantime I hope they can make a trade during the season or, if they can’t find a piece for a reasonable price, at least sign a few guys in the offseason. #1 defenders don’t grow on trees and they won’t find one in FA. But even if they could find someone who is dependable and can play steady minutes it would be an upgrade. They have too many puck movers and not enough true defensemen back there imo.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Wild found suter in F.A.

      • harrbenj - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Yes, but he’s an exception. My point wasn’t that they never become available, just that I don’t see a Suter in this UFA class.

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