Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Same Two Teams On Top

By Gail Kauchak
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars center Devin Shore (17) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Stars center Devin Shore (17) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 24:  Dallas Stars

Previous:  21st

Season Record:  11-13-6

The Stars have been dealing with subpar defense and goaltending, as well as a rash of injuries all season.  They are not the same team that made a deep run into the playoffs last year.  Star forward Patrick Sharp has been out for an extended amount of time with concussion issues, and defenseman Johnny Oduya just recently returned to the lineup.

The depleted team has now lost two games in a row, and they’ve only won twice in the last eight games.

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