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Stars looking for rest during All-Star break

Wednesday, 02.4.2004 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 6 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 6 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 6 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 6 3 1 0 4
C. Eakin 6 0 4 1 4
A. Goligoski 6 2 1 -4 3
J. Klingberg 6 1 2 -3 3
A. Hemsky 6 1 2 1 3
J. Demers 6 0 3 5 3
M. Janmark 5 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 3 1 0 .911 2.27
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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