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Stars Take to the Road Determined

Saturday, 11.3.2007 / 11:32 PM CT / Feature
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Stars Take to the Road Determined


The Stars got right back at it on Saturday morning with a practice in Frisco in preparation for the team’s four-game trip to the west coast. After a disappointing home-stand, the practice was something that the team needed, mainly for their mental game.

“I think it was good to come here this morning and get to work,” said Stars Head Coach Dave Tippett after the practice. “You can either stick your head in the sand or get back to work. We have to focus on this trip and not dwell on the past. Nobody is happy about the situation here, but you must find a way to overcome it. We have to find a way to compete harder with and without the puck. These teams we are going to play on the road are all four of our division teams and we need to come out in every game and not leave anything in the bag.”

Dallas plays at Anaheim on Monday to start the trip, then at San Jose on Wednesday, at Phoenix on Thursday and close out the trip next Saturday in LA. The players have the largest sense of urgency to right the ship and get back to winning ways, and sometimes that starts with fundamentals.

“It's in our blood to want to win and sometimes maybe we do too much,” said goaltender Mike Smith. “The best thing is to probably keep it simple. That's really hard to do when things aren't going well. I don't think my game and our game overall is too far away from turning it around and making a negative situation a positive one.”

The first hurdle is the defending Stanley Cup Champs. Dallas downed the Ducks in their only meeting so far this season at home in October. This will mark the Stars’ first trip to Honda Center this season.
Mike Modano remains just one point shy of Phil Housley’s record for most points by an American and if history is any indication, history could be made on Monday night in Anaheim. Modano has scored 71 points vs. the Ducks (22 goals and 49 assists) in 62 career meetings.

The last time the Stars dropped at least three-straight games in regulation was when the club lost five consecutive outings from Nov. 30 - Dec. 10, 2003. Following that five-game losing streak in 2003-04, the Stars went 6-1-3 over their next 10 games, and that is a mark this current team wouldn’t mind matching in their next 10 contests.

The Stars placed left wing Brad Winchester on the injured reserve list on Saturday. The 26-year-old suffered an abdominal strain in Dallas’ game with Phoenix on Friday night and will be re-evaluated in one week. In 10 games with Dallas this season, he has collected one assist and 22 penalty minutes.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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