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Looking to Put Something Together

Wednesday, 01.14.2009 / 5:32 PM CT / News
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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 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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