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Stars looking for rest during All-Star break

Thursday, 02.05.2004 / 12:00 AM / News
Dallas Stars



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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 4 3 1 1 4
S. Horcoff 4 0 4 4 4
C. Sceviour 4 1 2 3 3
C. Eakin 4 1 2 0 3
A. Roussel 4 0 3 2 3
R. Garbutt 4 2 0 2 2
V. Fiddler 4 1 1 0 2
A. Goligoski 4 1 1 4 2
A. Chiasson 4 1 1 -4 2
T. Seguin 4 1 1 3 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 2 2 0 .921 2.28
 
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