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Razor with an Edge: Slump Dump

by Daryl "Razor" Reaugh / Dallas Stars

In case you forgot during Scottfest (All-Star break), the Stars are mired in a midseason mud-bog and they're wearing rubber boots.

Sure they managed to nip a road-weary Flames team just prior to heading to the beach for 5 days, but that 'victory' only improved their post-Christmas win total to 5 (in 15 games).

Troubling? Yes.

Apocalyptic? No. Nor is it out of the ordinary.

Dating back to the Dave Tippett/Doug Armstrong era, and including every one of the benchboss/GM combos along the way, Stars teams have gone through extended segments of the schedule in full suckage mode. It's practically unavoidable, and all but expected. The season is long and the grind of 82 games played all over North America is taxing.

Here are the annual skids and spirals for your perusal:

Last season - Lost 7 in a row (0-5-2) in late Oct - Nov...and 10 of 12.

2013-14 Lost 9 of 10 in January (1-8-1)

2012-13 (Lockout shortened) Lost 6 of first 9 and then lost the last 5 games on the 48 game schedule

2011-12 Lost 9 of 13 in November...Lost 6 of 7 in January...Lost 9 of final 12

2010-11 Lost 7 of 11 in Oct-Nov...Lost 11 of 13 in Jan-Feb

2009-10 Lost 6 of 7 in January...then again lost 6 of 7 in March

2008-09 Lost 9 of 12 in November...Lost 15 of 19 in Feb - Mar

In 2008, the tumultuous season that saw Armstrong fired and Brad Richards acquired, they stumbled to a 4-8-2 finish in the final 14 games, then went all the way to the Western Conference Final.

Even back in 2003-04 the team won only 4 of 19 in Nov-Dec, then just 6 of their final 14

The difference is that unlike most all of those years, this 2015-16 team marauded their way through opponents in the first three months of the schedule like a pirate ship at a yacht club regatta.

That pile of points has afforded them to lose games without losing their top tier spot in League, West, and Division standings.

The spiral came at an appropriate time too, right smack in the middle of the 82 game grind.

Suffer this stretch early and they're right back chasing the pack like last season. Suffer it late and they'd be scrambling to re-find their form in time for playoffs - like in 2004.

Now the road ahead is truly "The Road ahead". They play 8 of their next 11 tilts away from AAC, with the only home games scheduled for Saturday nights - a day of the week on which they have confoundedly won only 6 of 15 games.

Listen people, they're gonna right this thing, fully and completely. They are too good of a team to flounder for another month (Or, gulp...more.) A little struggle is good for a squad that found the going so easy, for so long, back in the season's infancy.

So, 'The Break' is over.

Here we go.

It's a 32 game, no excuses sprint now.

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