Commentary

Playoff Power Meter: A Dallas decline

History shows Stars' success in standings won't translate to postseason

Updated: December 5, 2011, 4:19 PM ET
By Alvin Chang | ESPN Insider
Radek DvorakGlenn James/NHLI via Getty ImagesSurprised by the Stars' success? The Playoff Power Meter shows why it may not last.

The Dallas Stars are leading the Pacific Division with 31 points right now, which is a bit unexpected. They not only lost Brad Richards in the offseason, which sapped their star power, but they are enduring through ownership troubles, which has left them handcuffed when it comes to roster moves.

Despite all that, they are leading the ultra-competitive Pacific, which should elicit some hope.

But don't be fooled. The Stars are currently the antithesis of a Stanley Cup team.