The NHL’s star players are in a bit of a pickle.
There are only six games left before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the last one is Friday night in Chicago.
The league announced Thursday that it will not make a decision on the postseason until after the Stanley League and the NHLPA meet in Chicago next week to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement.
So while the players are all in agreement about the playoffs, there is still disagreement over which team gets the first shot at winning it all.
“It’s not a question of which team wins the Stanley Cups, but how many,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who said his team will be the one with the better record in the final game.
“It’s really up to each player.”
Players and fans will be watching the playoffs closely, too.
The NHL season kicks off on Friday, Jan. 12, when the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Dallas Stars in a game that is widely expected to be the most watched of the postseason.
And the playoffs could be as much about how many goals the Stars score or how many of their own are shut out as they are how many wins the Stars win.
The Stars, who have won their last five games, are hoping to bounce back after a 3-1 loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals last season.
Stars forward Alex Goligoski said the Stars have a lot of confidence in their goaltending, but they also have to be careful not to let it get out of hand.
“The biggest thing we need to do is not let it be a panic and be like, ‘Oh, we’re not going to make the playoffs,’ ” Goligioski said.
“You can’t just go in and try to play one-dimensional and say, ‘Hey, this is going to happen.’ “”
You can’t just go in and try to play one-dimensional and say, ‘Hey, this is going to happen.’ “