Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said on Monday he is unsure where his team stands with the March 1 NHL Trade Deadline a little more than two weeks away.
"I'm going to know in the next week or 10 days where we're at," Nill told SiriusXM NHL radio on Monday. "We'll have to make decisions moving forward after that bye week."
The Stars, who have lost five of their past six games and have three games this week prior to a five-day break, are 22-25-10 with 54 points, six points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference, but have played two more games. The Calgary Flames (59 points) and Vancouver Canucks (56) are also ahead of Dallas, and each has played one less game.
The Stars have several notable players who will be unrestricted free agents after this season, including forwards Patrick Sharp, Patrick Eaves and defenseman Johnny Oduya.
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"You have to go on a run here eventually," Nill said. "We've been win one, lose one, win two, lose one -- eventually, you have to go on a run where you win three, four, five games in a row if you're going to get back in it."
Injuries to players including Oduya, Sharp, Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky and Cody Eakin haven't helped, either.
"We've been decimated by injuries again," Nill said. "We haven't had our full team all year. So it's been tough to get a handle on things. But in the end, the excuses don't matter. You've still got to find ways to win games."
The Stars visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV).
"We're living game by game here, we know that," Nill said.