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Stars Want to Build on Success

Tuesday, 11.27.2007 / 3:09 PM CT / Feature
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Stars Want to Build on Success

Six-Game Win Streak Just What the Doctor Ordered

The Stars extended the team’s winning streak to six consecutive games on Monday night with a 3-2 overtime win on Long Island. Dallas has now earned points in eight-straight games (6-0-2) and have also collected points in 10 of the last 11 (8-1-2). Over the last 21 periods of play (including two overtime stanzas) the Stars have outscored the opposition, 22-7.

“We seem to be finding ways to get the job done lately and we have so many parts working together,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett. “Our goalies have been excellent, our special teams have been very good and the bottom line is we are finding ways of getting points. Guys have been working hard to create bounces and there has been some individual success within the team concept, which makes me happy.”

The franchise record for longest winning streak is seven games, which has been accomplished three times (twice since the team came to Dallas in 1993). It hasn’t happened since 1997 and the Stars hope to reach it again on Wednesday with a win at New Jersey.

Over the win streak, Dallas has averaged 3.3 goals-per-game while giving up an average of 1.2 goals against (the Stars have not given up more than 2 goals in any of the six games). The power play has gone 7-for-20 (35.0%) while the penalty kill has hummed along at 92.3% (24-of-26).

A possible catalyst for this run of success? Believe it or not, the 6-5 OT collapse at Los Angeles two weeks ago.

“I hate to even bring it up, but I think the LA game gave us a jolt and reminded us of the little things you have to do all the time,” said Tippett, who’s team blew a 4-0 lead in the final eight minutes of regulation in that contest. “We recognized that night that you have a play a full game every single night to win in this league. It was a hard lesson, but we've responded to it well.”

The Stars are also knocking on the door of one of the best Novembers in team history. Dallas is 8-2-4 so far this month with two games remaining. The team’s best November was in 2005 when it went 10-3-0. The Stars have won nine games in the month of November four times.

The November run has also fueled a charge up the standings for the Stars. Dallas was in ninth place in the Western Conference when the month started with a record of 5-5-2 for 12 points. Tuesday morning’s standings found the team in second place overall in the West (13-7-4, 30 pts.), just two points behind Detroit.

Finding the Back of the Net

Critics of the Stars coming into the season were focused on a perceived lack of offense. The reality is that Dallas has scored the second-most goals in the Western Conference with 72, behind only the Red Wings.

Gimme Mo

Not surprisingly, Mike Modano’s numbers have been consistently up during the Stars’ recent run of success. The center has 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in Dallas’ last 10 games, including two game-winning goals and two power play goals.

Stretching a Good Week into a Good Month

Goalie Mike Smith may have been named as one of the league’s “Three Stars of the Week” yesterday, but it’s actually been a pretty good month for Smitty, let alone a good week.

As of Tuesday morning, Smith has the best goals-against-average of any net-minder in the league for the month of November at 1.42, as well as the top save percentage at .944.

Lehtinen to have surgery

After several days of rest and testing, Jere Lehtinen’s abdominal injury is worse than originally thought and the decision has been made to have surgery, probably later this week.

"We explored all of our options and we wanted to rule out any possible infections as well as have the inflmmation go down,” said Tippett. “He was taking antibiotics, but we determined that we should move forward with surgery to repair a sports hernia. The normal recovery time for a procedure like the one he needs is 8-10 weeks, and we'll know here in the next day or so when he's going to actually have the surgery. We're going to work with what we have and put people in positions to step up and contribute in Jere's absence."

Busy Stretch Continues

The Stars are right smack dab in the middle of a long stretch that sees the team play 11 games in a span of 19 days (Dallas is 5-0-0 so far in that span). The team hopes it can keep the win streak going.

“The players are feeling good about themselves today, but they also realize that tomorrow is a new day and they have to keep fighting to continue this success,” said Tippett. “Practice today was about hands and passing and keeping our timing, since we haven't really had a chance to practice the last few days with the way our schedule played out.”




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


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