After Monday night's 5-4 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, the Dallas Stars were once again faced with a number of questions about the team and just what the immediate future could hold for this squad moving forward. The Stars have now blown five leads on the season; no matter what the Stars have been in recent memory, giving up leads is not something fans are used to seeing.

So allowing five goals to a Nashville team dead last in scoring is certainly concerning. Giving up a two-goal lead after having completely control of the game is concerning, especially since this isn't the first time that has happened this season, and it doesn't allow for much optimism about the perceived direction of the team.

So things are looking...down?

But this came just two days after the most complete victory the Stars have had this season, a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at home. The loss in Nashville also included another Reilly Smith goal and marked the tenth straight game the Stars have scored three or more goals, just the second time that has happened since the team came to Dallas.

The Stars have apparently solved the offensive woes of the first month of the season -- amazing what having some healthy goal-scorers on the team can do -- and don't appear to resemble the Stars team that looked completely lost during a 1-4-0 stretch at the end of January.

So things are looking up?

Yet the Stars are now 2-3-1 in their past six games and have given points away to teams they really should have easily beaten. While this latest loss to Nashville is frustrating, I'd say the meltdown at home against Calgary is wholly inexcusable. During this stretch the Stars have scored 21 goals and are 4-for-10 on the power play in the past two games, but have allowed 24 goals and have gone just 20-for-26 (76 percent) on the penalty kill.