The Dallas Stars were dominating the league. Competing with the Washington Capitals for the league lead, there seemed to be no stopping Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and company. However, it seems that the Stanley-Cup favorites are breaking down.
Dallas is currently riding a four-game losing streak and is losing its grip on the Western Conference standings. They have fallen to second in the Central Division and are tied for second in the West. It’s even bleaker; in their last nine contests, Dallas is 2-7.
The tam has a strong offensive front. They have Seguin, Benn, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza and even more scorers. On the backend, they have a plethora of strong defensemen, and they have a great netminder in Kari Lehtonen. So what’s the problem?
They are being outplayed; a lot of these games are one goal decisions. Look who is converting; you are getting a lot form Spezza and Sharp (both trade products), but Benn is not playing to his potential and neither is Seguin. The big young guns aren’t firing.
“Our big boys haven’t been converting,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s tough on the rest of the lineup when they’re not on the scoresheet. I thought there were opportunities to finish, but they just didn’t get it done.”
Sharp, who had four shots (along with Spezza) in their most recent 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, has three Stanley Cups to his name and knows the game forward and backwards.
“It’s an 82-game grind,” Sharp said. “You want to get better as the season goes on. Make sure you’re playing your best hockey when it counts and get out of these little valleys as quickly as we can.”
Hopefully, they start to get back on track and dig out of that “little valley” before they lose even more footing.