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The Final Countdown

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

Tuesday, 04.01.2008 / 4:51 PM / 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.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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