Dallas Stars: Stanley Cup playoffs

Mike Modano reflects on Stanley Cup memories

May, 17, 2012
ESPN.com's Cassidy Hubbarth caught up with former Stars center Mike Modano to discuss his playing days and to get his pick to win the Stanley Cup.

A quick sizing up of the playoff race

March, 9, 2010
Dallas' win over Washington did improve their standing a bit.

First, they moved to within four points of Detroit for the final spot and are 10th in the conference. Monday's game also evened out the games played between Dallas, Detroit and Calgary, which sits just ahead of Dallas. So it's all even headed to the final 17 games of the season.

The problem: Dallas still has to pass two teams to get in the playoffs. And there is a little separation. Calgary is three points ahead of Dallas, while Detroit is four.

It means the Stars need a win in Buffalo (or at least a point) and they need some true home cooking. Dallas plays six straight homes games, starting Friday, that will likely determine their playoff hopes. They've got to get on a roll against some six opponents currently in playoff position.

That will take the Marty Turco who was in net on Monday and a better overall team effort.

Do you think they can do it?

Playoff picture still cloudy

March, 8, 2010
A week into post-Olympic action and the Stars have dropped from ninth to 11th place in the Western Conference.

The Stars are six points out of the final playoff spot, thanks to another Detroit win on Sunday. The Red Wings have 74 points to the Stars' 68. Detroit has gone 3-1-0 since the break, while Dallas is 0-3-0.

Dallas does, however, have a game in hand on the Red Wings. It means they could really use a victory tonight in Washington, which won't be easy.

Mark Stepneski over at Andrew's Stars Page has his usual breakdown of the playoff race. The Wings are on pace for 93 points. So the Stars would need 25 points over the last 18 games to get to 93 points. Even that might not be enough to get in. Stars coach Marc Crawford believes the club will need 95 or 96 points to make it.

In a way, Dallas has been fortunate that several other teams around them have lost games and haven't jumped farther ahead (except Detroit, of course). Calgary won on Sunday, which doesn't help the Stars.

So what do you expect from Dallas in these next two games in Washington tonight and Buffalo Wednesday? I had predicted three points on this trip before it started, so I'll say the Stars lose tonight's game in a shootout. There's little evidence at this point to support that pick, so we'll just call it a gut feeling.

What do you think?

Stars enter break one point out of eighth

February, 15, 2010
Now that all the games have been played until the end of the two-week hiatus for the Olympics, let's just take a quick look at the standings and where the Stars sit.

They are ninth in the Western Conference, one point behind Calgary. By points and wins, the Stars are actually tied with Detroit for the ninth spot. But Dallas has the head-to-head advantage.

This is shaping up for one great stretch run. When the Stars return from the break, they play every other night in March. Yes, every other night. So do most of the teams in the league. So the clubs that can stay fresh and play consistent in a packed schedule will get a shot at the playoffs.

Calgary, Dallas, Detroit, Anaheim, St. Louis and Minnesota are separated by five points. Dallas, Detroit and Anaheim each have a game-in-hand on the other two. BTW, Dallas plays Anaheim twice -- once on the road and once at home -- in the final two weeks of the season. The Stars also face St. Louis twice. They play Minnesota on the road to end the season. They do not face Detroit or Calgary any more this season.

So if you had to decide now which one of those teams makes the playoffs, who would you choose?