The Dallas Stars kick off a four-game homestand Tuesday and they are hoping to make the most of it. With nine of their next 11 games at home, they see this stretch of games as key as they try put themselves in a position for a playoff spot in the Western Conference over the second half of this abbreviated season.
“We know that we are at a point now where we’ve got these home games and we’ve got to take advantage of them,” said defenseman Alex Goligoski. “We have a great opportunity here. We have nine of our next eleven at home, so we’ve got to get rolling here.”
There isn’t much separating a lot of the teams ranked from fourth place to eleventh in the Western Conference, just four points after Monday’s games. But Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan sees a difference between his Stars and the teams they are chasing in the West, and that’s the record at home.
The Stars are 5-4-1 at American Airlines Center, and their .550 points percentage at home ranks 12th in the conference. On the road, where they are 7-6-1, they rank fifth in the West with a .536 points percentage.
“You look at our road record, it’s satisfactory. One game above .500 is enough to get you in the playoffs,” Gulutzan said. “You look at the teams ahead of us, our home record has to reflect that as well. We’ve got to get to that .700 or .750 at home, and that starts in these next four games.”
This upcoming four-game homestand is the Stars’ longest of the season so far. After these home games end, they’ll have two on the road and then another five straight at home. Gulutzan believes the longer slates of games at home could be the key for the team getting on track at the AAC, where the Stars’ previous stretches at home have looked like this: 1 game, 2 games, 1 game, 1 game, 3 games, 2 games.
“I don’t see us struggling at home as much as we’ve never had any consistency at home. I see some teams that have played 15 to 16 games at home already and ours have been spread out,” Gulutzan said. “We’ve got four at home and it’s time to get on a roll at home. That’s the key. We’re a game above .500 and if we take points out of these four then we’re not talking about our home record.”
Western Conference Home Records
Here’s a look at the home records in the Western Conference. Teams are ranked by points percentage.