It doesn't appear anyone informed the Dallas Stars that their playoff chances were all but gone after trading away multiple key contributors prior to the deadline.
The struggling Nashville Predators, meanwhile, aren't feeling too good about their postseason fate.
Dallas continues its unlikely playoff push while seeking a fourth straight victory Friday night against host Nashville, which looks to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Stars traded longtime captain Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh on March 24 before sending center Derek Roy to Vancouver and then-leading scorer Jaromir Jagr to Boston on April 2.
They fell 5-2 to Anaheim on April 3 but have since outscored opponents 13-6 during their winning streak, including 5-1 over Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Despite the trades, Dallas (19-17-3) is not far behind Detroit for the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
"We've lost some guys that produce offense, and some of us have to step up and contribute. It seems things are clicking...