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Seven Days to Faceoff

Monday, 09.29.2003 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Seven Days to Faceoff



September 30, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

Can you believe it?

Seven days.

That's how far away we are from actual hockey season.

Seven days.

Seven long days for those who have been busting their humps through training camp.

"That's great," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said. "I wish it was a day away."

In fact, many of Tippett's players feel the same way. This has been, by most accounts, a more intense training camp than those in the past, opening on Sept. 13 at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail, Colo. and continuing almost straight through until this point.

In fact, the Stars have had just two days during that stretch of 18 in which they did not get on the ice. One was last Monday, when they participated in the Dallas Stars Foundation Bonnie Blair Golf Classic.

The second was this Monday, a much-needed day off after some heavy skating at this year's camp.

"There has been a lot of skating at this camp," Stars right wing Scott Young said. "A lot more skating that last year. We've basically done some form of sprints, laps, down and backs or some form of those every day. It's been tough, but I think it's been good for us. It's good to build that work ethic and it's also good conditioning."

It also helped the players get back into the swing of things more quickly, helping them to get ready for that Oct. 8 season opener against Anaheim.

Between now and then, however, are two more preseason games - one Thursday against Colorado and another Saturday against Chicago, both to be played at American Airlines Center.

Those games will be critical for a few players, as the current roster of 25 still must be pared down to 23 before opening night. But they will also be key in fine-tuning this team and making final decisions on line pairings before next week's opener.

"These last two games we'll have mostly our real lineup," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "We'll take the last few small things we've been working on in practice and put them into a game situation there."

One thing this camp has had is plenty of strong play from young players - which the veterans are taking as a very positive sign for the organization.

In fact, this year the team has probably seen its strongest youthful push ever, something which is certain to make the unit as a whole stronger.

"It's good to see the depth in the organization," Young said. "I've really been impressed with a few of those guys. They've pushed us hard. I think as much as you need veterans on the team, you also need the young, hungry players who are pushing to make the team, or if they've made the team the ones pushing to establish themselves.

"That always helps the intensity in the room, and that makes everyone better."

The Stars will take part in the Dallas Stars Faceoff Luncheon Wednesday at the Wyndham Anatole in Dallas. For more information or to order tickets, please call 214-387-5526.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 56 29 34 18 63
T. Seguin 56 30 32 13 62
J. Klingberg 56 10 37 13 47
P. Sharp 56 16 25 -2 41
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
A. Goligoski 56 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 56 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 56 11 10 13 21
A. Hemsky 49 6 14 0 20
J. Demers 49 7 12 16 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 16 5 0 .910 2.80
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