On Tuesday night in Anaheim, the Dallas Stars (23-16-1, 47 points) will officially reach the halfway point of the 2011-12 NHL season. Year one of the Glen Gulutzan era started off with a bang as the club was among the league's best in the month of October.
Then came a November swoon, a dip in form that was largely brought on by a rash of injuries, including key contributors like starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen, captain Brenden Morrow plus top defensemen Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski out for varying periods of time.
But the Stars hung tough and now they sit just three points out of the top spot in the Pacific Division, making this week's short, two-game road trip to divisional foes Anaheim and Los Angeles especially crucial.
"Two huge division games, we obviously want to take it one game at a time and get a win against those guys in Anaheim who are having a tough go," Daley said. "You want to keep those guys below you. Then, you've got LA. Everybody...