Texas Stars Report: Consistently Inconsistent

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Youth and a lack of finish have been talking points all year for the Texas Stars (21-24-2-2, 46 pts, #15 Western Conference). Those issues led to an inconsistent week for the Stars as an OT loss and come-from-behind win at home gave way to a five goal thumping in Rochester and a shutout loss against the then last place team in the conference. This team is seemingly stocked with talent, but the pieces are not coming together and haven't all year. Texas has spent most of the season outside of playoff contention and looks like they will finish it that way.

As it stands, Texas is on pace for 71 points, tied with the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) for last in the conference. The current postseason cutoff is at 84. To keep up with that pace, Texas needs no worse than 38 points in their remaining 27 games, or a 19-8-0 record. While the scheduling gods were kind in that Texas finishes with 16 of their last 27 at home, the playoff push could be over within the next few weeks depending on win-loss.

Despite all the negativity surrounding three losses on the week, Texas did have a very positive game on Wednesday, coming back from down 3-0 to win 6-3, including a hat trick from Ryan Garbutt.
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