The Stars have a little fewer than 30 games remaining in their season to make the playoffs and regain some relevancy in this market. They are dangerously close to missing the postseason for a fourth consecutive year.

After winning at Columbus 4-2 on Thursday night, the Stars are in a three-way tie for ninth place with Minnesota and Calgary in the Western Conference with 58 points -- two points out of a playoff spot.

By now the Stars' 11-3-0 start has been replaced by an ugly reality that this team is just OK, and no real threat despite the presence of forwards Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson and goalie Kari Lehtonen.