The Dallas Stars are looking for their first playoff appearance in four years.
It’s not easy to find success when your team is so much worse than everyone else in the league.
They’re currently playing for a Stanley to prove themselves and are still in the hunt for a second Stanley Cup.
Here are five things to know before the NHL’s season opener.1.
Stars Have been a mess for two months, but it’s not over yet.
After their 10-1-1 start to the season, the Stars are 8-3-2 in their last 12 games and currently sit at a dismal 1-12-4.
The Stars haven’t won since Jan. 26.
After their 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Dallas Stars were 5-1 on the season and had a 2-0 lead in the third period.
Dallas has yet to score a goal and is 1-for-6 on the power play.
Dallas is tied for the NHL lead in goals against at 14.
The Stars have played a lot of games without their captain Jamie Benn and have lost three of their last four games.
They’ve also struggled offensively in their past four games, losing five of six.
It could be an issue for the Stars as they’re currently tied for third in the Central Division with Chicago.2.
The Flames are still a mess.
Calgary’s been a disaster this season and has been without captain Ryan Miller for two games.
Miller is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a ruptured right ACL.
His absence means the Flames will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15.
Miller has five goals and seven assists in 28 games this season.
He’s currently on pace for 27 points.
The team is 1 for 12 on the road this season, and they have allowed three goals in six games against the Kings.3.
The Oilers are on a hot streak.
The Edmonton Oilers are 5-3 on the year and are 3-1 in their next six games.
In the past four, they have scored 24 goals, and have been 3-0-2 on the trip.
The offense has been a strength for the Oilers this season despite losing defenseman Jannik Hansen to injury.
The club is currently tied with the Blackhawks for the second-most points in the NHL at 1,766.
The Oilers are currently 5-0 in their home games this year and have won six of seven.
They are currently tied in the Atlantic Division and have three games in hand on the Blues and Bruins.4.
How did the Sabres do?
The Sabres have been an abysmal 2-6-1 this season when facing the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Sabres are 1-6 in their previous 10 games against Columbus.
The Blue Jackets have been 1-4-0 at home this season with four losses in the past five games.
The Jackets have a five-game losing streak against Buffalo.5.
Why is Sidney Crosby so good?
Sidney Crosby is the league’s top scoring scorer at 19 goals and 28 assists.
He is second in points at 3,941.
He also leads the league with three power-play goals.
Crosby leads the NHL with a plus-23 rating.
He leads the entire league with 39 shots on goal.
His plus-24 rating is third in NHL history.
Crosby is one of the top three goal scorers in the history of the NHL.6.
The Capitals are good but not great.
Washington is 9-5-1 with a winning percentage of .924.
They have lost their past five meetings against the New York Rangers, but they’ve also beaten the Dallas Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Washington has a three-game winning streak over New York.7.
What does that mean for the Devils?
The Devils are 3.5 games back of the Chicago Blackhawks for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago is 6-2-2 with a record of 20-11-4 and is currently in the playoff picture with eight points.
Chicago has a five game winning streak and is 6 1/2 games back for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Devils have been playing poorly and will need to get back on track.
They played their worst game of the season on Friday night, when they gave up two goals to the Nashville Predators.
They lost 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Panthers on Saturday and then lost 3 3/4 to the New Jersey Nets on Sunday.8.
How many wins are the Penguins going to have?
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 4-1, but are still behind the New England Patriots for the eighth and final wild card spot.
The Patriots are 3 1/4 games back.
The Penguins are 1 for 6 on the NHL road this year.9.
Can the Penguins win the Stanley Cup?
The New York Islanders defeated the Tampa Lightning 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday to