The Dallas Stars are not happy despite the fact they’ve been piling up points of late.
Dallas tries for just its third win in 10 games when it visits the Calgary Flames.
The Stars have earned at least one point in six of their last nine games to remain within seven points of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.
Dallas, however, has just two wins over that span and knows consistently earning one point instead of two will not get it back to the top of the division.
“We’ve had too many non-lucky bounces this year to keep calling it luck,” Dallas goalie Marty Turco said after the Stars lost 4-1 at Colorado on Thursday.
“We need to respond a little bit better. It may be a product of a recurring theme, but we’re at that point that we got to push through no matter what happens to us.”
The Stars have played poorly on the offensive end, scoring two goals or fewer in 19 of their last 24 games.
“We feel we have the capabilities to work our way up if we can put together a string,” Stars right wing Bill Guerin said. “We can’t really let this affect us. There is too much hockey left.”
Against the Caps, there were no goals for more than 54 minutes before Washington scored with 5:37 left in the third period.
Jarome Iginla put the Flames back ahead with 38 seconds left, but Washington again answered by scoring the tying goal with 0.8 seconds remaining.
“We need a shootout now,” said Iginla, who has six goals and six assists in six games. “We needed a shootout to get the result at the end there.”
Dallas is unbeaten in regulation in its last six games (2-0-3-1) against Calgary since a 4-3 home loss on Dec. 14, 2001.
STANDINGS (through Jan. 15): Stars - 46 points, 2nd place (tied), 7 PB, Pacific Division. Flames - 51 points, 3rd place, 8 PB, Northwest Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 15): Stars - Power play: 15.1 percent (28 for 186), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 86.5 percent (147 for 170), 7th. Flames - Power play: 13.7 percent (26 for 190), 23rd. Penalty killing: 83.2 percent (153 for 184), 19th.
SEASON SERIES: Stars, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 29; Stars, 4-3, OT. At Dallas, Guerin had three goals and Jason Arnott scored 17 seconds into overtime as the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 7-13-4-0 on the road; Flames - 12-7-3-1 at home.