Monday Practice Report
Monday, 03.24.2008 / 4:34 PM CT / News
By Dallas Stars Staff
The Stars scrimmaged at practice on Monday in Frisco, getting back to playing hockey and working their way toward better habits and hard work.
"We felt like we needed a scrimmage like this today, just to see where we are,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett. “We need to keep working and get our game back in order.”
The team will practice for the next two days before leaving for San Jose to being a four-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon.
Hagman Looking to Break Goal Drought
Niklas Hagman is having a career year this season but the fact is he has not scored a goal in eight games – matching his longest goal drought of the season. He wants to score more but it’s not from a lack of trying.
"I would be lying if I said I hadn't paid attention to the fact that I have not scored in eight games,” he said. “It is something I try to do every game. I want to end this streak and help the team. This year I have managed to do a little bit more with goals. Lately now I haven't scored and we are 1-7. I'm not saying that it's just me, but I definitely could have helped the team more."
It’s definitely not one player’s fault for the current team slump but every player feels accountable and wants to do what they can to help make a difference.
"You come to the rink and you are prepared to play with whoever you are paired to play with as hard as you can,” Hagman said. “It's tough because [line combinations] are out of your reach. The coaches make the lines up, you just play as well as you can with the players so that they stay together. I have been here for two and a half years and line changes happen all the time. It would obviously be great to get some chemistry with whoever it is -- Stu, Mike or Richey. We need to get the team going, playing well, and going the right way again.
"For me, today, I felt a lot better. It's been two tough days with a lot of skating, a lot of practice, and a lot of one on one battling. Today I felt a little bit better than yesterday. Hopefully I can get my game back on track."
Crombeen Ready to Contribute
B.J. Crombeen was recalled by the Stars on Monday and practiced with the team. He’s excited to be back up with the big club and wants to keep things simple.
"I'm not going to try and change my game,” he said. “Any goals I scored down in Iowa was from being in front of the net. I am a pretty simple player. I try to get pucks to the net, stand around in front of the net, finish my checks, play a pretty simple game. I am going to play the same way up here."
This is Crombeen’s second stint in Dallas, and having been through it once already makes it easier for him.
"It's exciting to be up,” he said. “It was obviously kind of nerve-racking my first game up, and it’s good to get that out of the way. I'm going to try and come back and play the same way I played then. I will try and bring a physical simple game that will help the team out by getting pucks to the net, finishing my checks, and trying to play for the team first."
Philippe Boucher skated with the team on Monday and Sergei Zubov did not.
"We'll see on Bouch. It doesn't look like he can play out there just yet,” said Tippett after Monday’s practice. “Today was a good test. We had a lot of different looks we wanted to look at today, and that's why we wanted a long day and a scrimmage day. It allows us to do some things, and look at different people with each other. We got a chance to put Boucher in little situations. We also got the lines scrambled up today to look at some different situations.”
Tippett said that although Zubov did not skate on Monday, they are hopeful that he will continue to make progress on his foot injury.
“He will skate tomorrow I hope. He skated hard for two days, and just like we talked about, he was a little sore. He got a chance to see somebody today about it. He said his foot feels pretty good."