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Stars looking for rest during All-Star break

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Stars looking for rest during All-Star break



February 5, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

The Dallas Stars feel a bit like Lili Von Shtupp.

They're tired.

But for different reasons.

Entering the All-Star weekend, in which the Stars have exactly a week between games, the entire roster is excited about the chance to simply get some rest. After all, the Stars are tied with the Minnesota Wild for most games played (56), and have been on a torrid pace during the last two months.

Admittedly, the break will be good for all.

"There is a fine line between (losing) momentum and getting rest," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said Thursday after his team held its once-a-year open practice at the Dr Pepper StarCenter in Duncanville. "We've played a lot of games in not a lot of days, so the physical and mental break will be good for us."

No doubt it will, even with the fact that the Stars enter the break on a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Just look at the numbers and it's clear to see why this is a good break for Dallas. The Stars played 16 games in the month of January, including a stretch of six games in just nine days to close the month. Prior to that, they played five games in eight days, all on the road.

They've played often, and they've played hard of late in getting themselves back into the hunt for the Pacific Division title.

Now, they're relishing the rest.

"Physically and mentally," Stars center Jason Arnott said, a day removed from scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Columbus. "It seems like we've had a lot of games crammed in. It's been a pretty long one."

For the most part, the Stars players said they plan on staying in town and getting that rest during the All-Star weekend, with the exception of the team's three All-Star starters (Mike Modano, Bill Guerin and Marty Turco).

At the same time, they'll be able to reflect on their recent hot streak, how it has moved them back into the postseason picture and why they can finish the season potentially even stronger.

"We just believe we can beat teams now," Stars right wing Scott Young said. "It took us a while to get that confidence."

They've got it now. All they need to go with it is fresh legs.

Three days off should do that.

"We definitely need a little bit of rest," Arnott said. "There's still a little time left in the season, so rest is probably the best thing for us right now."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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