Nearly half of the remainder of the Dallas Stars schedule will feature a team that is fighting for a Wild Card spot. Tonight, one of those teams was in the building in the Arizona Coyotes. Their position currently is among those teams slogging it out for a Wild Card spot — or, in the case of the Pacific Division teams, a chance to slip into one of the top three spots.
That can lead to a lot of desperation hockey the Stars will face. Although they have a decent gap between themselves and those teams in the Wild Card race right now, it’s very easy to watch that disappear if the play goes the long way for a stretch.