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Stars Take to the Road Determined

Sunday, 11.04.2007 / 12:32 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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