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Looking to Put Something Together

Wednesday, 01.14.2009 / 5:32 PM CT / News
By Dallas Stars Staff
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Looking to Put Something Together

The Stars have been playing better over the last six weeks, going 12-7-2 for 26 points in their last 21 games. The problem – they’ve only moved up a couple of spots in the standings during that time, from 15th to 13th in the West, as of Wednesday morning.

While the team has been playing better, the main culprit of its lack of movement in the standings is the group’s inability to string some wins together, as the Stars still search for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

“We’ve shown that we can be a good team but we need to be more consistent,” said Head Coach Dave Tippett. “We need points, and to get them our best players have to be our best players every night.”

Dallas has improved in most areas of their game – puck-possession, communication, generating shots on net. The Stars showed themselves and their fans how good they can be with their effort against Detroit on Monday night.

“We have been playing better but the bottom line is we have to start turning the effort into wins,” said Tippett. “It’s just that simple.”

The Stars have hit the mid-way mark of the season with an overall record of 18-17-6 for 42 points. They currently sit four points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the west, fighting it out among nine other teams for position. Just nine points separate fifth place and fourteenth.

The Stars’ recent solid play may not have moved the team much in the standings, but it did put Dallas in a position to make a move if it can keep producing points. Dallas has played less games than any of the other nine clubs it is competing with, with opportunities to take advantage of some games in-hand.

Cue four important games leading up to the All-Star Break. Buffalo comes calling on Thursday night, followed by a day game vs. Los Angeles on Saturday and a quick road trip through Florida against the Lightning and Panthers next week.

Go 3-1-0 in those games and it puts the Stars in good position coming out of the All-Star Break. Go 1-3-0 and it produces another set-back, creating another big challenge.

“Every game is a big game for us and that’s just the way it is,” said Tippett. “If we’re going to take that next step, we need to continue to push and find a way to get some wins.”

The opportunity is there but the Stars need to take advantage and string some wins together. From this point on, the Stars will have more games played than ones left on the schedule. The time to make a move is now.


Did you know?
Defensemen Nicklas Grossman, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley each scored a goal for the Stars in their 5-4 overtime win over the Red Wings on Monday night. In the team’s 15 seasons in Dallas, the only other time that three different Stars defensemen scored goals in the same game was on Dec. 5, 1995, when Derian Hatcher, Grant Ledyard and Richard Matvichuk each scored once in a 6-4 loss at Boston.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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