The Stars were walking along a sandy beach not so long ago, enjoying the sun and a 5-1-1 cocktail; pondering just how good life can be in the NHL when you win a few games.
But then, just like that, their foot slipped into the edge of a swamp, and they found it difficult to keep from sliding in. There was a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia, and then a 3-1 loss to the Blues. As the team tried to scramble out of the muck, it was met with a 2-0 setback against the Lightning, and finally a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Kings.
It was a scary series of events, and now Dallas sits firmly in the swamp that is the playoff bubble in the Western Conference. Heading into Friday's game, five teams were separated by two points. If the playoffs started today, the Stars would be one of two teams to make the postseason. However, if they slip back further, then the horrifying thought of another missed playoff would loom.