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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 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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