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The Final Countdown

Stars Look to Gain Momentum in Last Three Games of the Season

Tuesday, 04.1.2008 / 3:51 PM CT / News
By Dallas Stars Staff
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The Final Countdown

The Stars were back on the ice on Tuesday in Frisco, practicing after an off-day Monday as the final three games of the regular season. Ready to put March in the rearview mirror, the Stars are focused on getting some momentum going as the post-season approaches.

Dallas will close out the season with three games in four days beginning with a home-and-home series with the Coyotes in Phoenix on Thursday. The Stars will also host San Jose in the season finale -- a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon.

“March wasn’t the best month for us, but we have three games remaining and it is important that we play well and get some momentum going for us,” said Steve Ott. “I think we just need to keep going at it and playing hard and things will take care of itself.”

Dallas currently sits in the 5 seed, which would pit them against Anaheim if the season were to end today. There still is a chance that the Stars could pass the Ducks for the 4 seed, and also could possibly drop to the 6 seed. But probabilities have Dallas staying right where it is.

The bottom line -- the Stars are in the playoffs.

“Our goal on the road trip was to secure a spot,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett. “Considering the March that we had, there were some real positive signs and the guys were working hard today to get ready for the playoffs. We got a lot of time to work on things in March and even though our record wasn’t what we hoped, we did get the time in. We have three games in four days to end the season and that will help as well. We want to finish strong.”

The Stars are not against starting the playoffs on the road.

“I like the road,” said Tippett. “The atmosphere in the playoffs is already revved up and its just you and the team -- its all hockey, all the time, there are no distractions. We like the idea of starting on the road. Whoever it is we face and wherever that might be, we need to be ready. That’s our focus.”

Added Ott, “Once the playoffs start, everyone is at zero and we go from there. This is one of the best times of the year and we’re all excited about it. I think this group came together on this last road trip and we turned a corner. We may have lost two of the games in overtime and in a shootout but we played hard and competed and played well, for the most part. The playoffs are always fun and this team is going to give it our all.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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