With another disheartening loss, the Dallas Stars dropped out of the Pacific Division lead and toward the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture.
The San Jose Sharks experienced a similar feeling earlier in the week.
The wild race for the Pacific title gets more interesting as the slumping teams begin a crucial home-and-home series Saturday night at HP Pavilion.
Dallas entered Friday atop the Pacific, but its 5-2 loss at Vancouver and Los Angeles' 4-1 win at Edmonton gave the Kings the division lead and sent the Stars (42-31-5) into a tie with Phoenix for the West's final two playoff spots.
Dallas has lost three of its last four on the road and five of eight overall.
"It puts a little bit more pressure on (Saturday's game)," captain Brenden Morrow told the team's official website. "They only get bigger after that. It puts more pressure on these next games. As hard as it is after a 5-2 loss you have to try and find something positive because we're going right back at i...