- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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FRISCO, Texas -- Despite Tuesday night's loss to the San Jose Sharks that put them in a deep hole in the playoff race, the Dallas Stars are still alive.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan didn't address the team after last night's loss, but he talked to them this morning.
"We all know the situation. We've got to win two games to give ourselves a chance, and we need a little help," Gulutzan said. "If we take care of ourselves here, I think, it is going to come down to the last day and we are going to put somebody in a must-win situation. That's how we see it playing out. We're not going to focus too much of what somebody else has to do; we have to win, and that's pick up four points in the next two games."
The Stars will need Los Angeles, San Jose or Phoenix to falter over their final two games. Los Angeles and San Jose play a home-and-home series against each other to close out the season. Phoenix plays on the road against St. Louis and Minnesota.
The Stars held an optional skate in Frisco this morning, and among the eleven players on the ice was forward Radek Dvorak, who missed the past five games with an ankle injury.
Dvorak is questionable for Thursday's game at Nashville.
"We'll see how he skates today and then go from there," Gulutzan said.
Gulutzan said there were no other injuries to report as the Stars prepared to fly off to Nashville to take on the Predators.