Five reasons why things went wrong for the Stars

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What went wrong

The Dallas Stars were competitive but missed the playoffs. Here’s a look at why:

1. Inexperience: Through the final stretch of the season, the Dallas Stars’ young squad galvanized into a very competitive group, keeping a threadbare team in the playoff race much longer than expected. However, it was that inexperience that knocked the Stars out of the hunt in the final two weeks of the season. Dallas looked feeble against an extremely physical and large Los Angeles Kings squad and couldn’t hang onto a 2-1 lead in the third period against San Jose that would have kept the Stars in control of their playoff destiny.

2. Chemistry: It became glaringly obvious that the Stars’ roster just couldn’t put it together before the trade deadline when a post-deadline group consisting of a large number of rookies outperformed the older, pre-deadline edition. The Stars entered the season with some great pieces, but they never jelled.

3. Possession: In basketball terms, the Stars had no point guard. For the vast majority of the season, Dallas struggled on the break out and could not enter the offensive zone with possession of the puck. Dallas continues to search for the next Sergei Zubov and thought they had it in Alex Goligoski, but Goligoski leaves much to be desired in his puck possession play.

4. Faceoffs: If a team struggles to keep control of the puck when entering the offensive zone, the next best way to create offensive chances is winning faceoffs in that third of the ice. But the Stars struggled with faceoffs in every area of the ice, finishing fourth-from-last in faceoff percentage at 47.2 percent.

5. Scoring chances: To pick up scoring chances, the puck has to be played on net, and the Stars were second-to-last in the league in shots per game, averaging 26.3. Jamie Benn led the team in scoring with 33 points. He shared the team lead in goals scored with Loui Eriksson at 12. Only three players had double figures in goals scored. Been had 110 shots on goal, and Eriksson had 104.

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