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Stars Look to Band Together On the Road

Monday, 03.2.2009 / 10:22 PM CT / News
By Erin Chenderlin
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Stars Look to Band Together On the Road

After a disappointing six-game homestand where the Stars went 1-5, the team is looking to come together with an “Us vs. the World” mentality for their upcoming three-game road trip. The games are going to be tough and the wins will not come easily, but the Stars are in a situation where points are crucial.

“We have to find ways to win and that’s the bottom line,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “We are right in that pack of teams and we need points. We have to give everything we can. We want to be in the playoffs … This is where we are, this is what we have to do.”

With 12 of their remaining 20 games coming on the road, Dallas is going to have to find a way to come together as a team and will themselves to win. Despite the recent five-game skid, the team is by no means out of the playoff race. Currently sitting in 11th with 65 points, the Stars are a mere three points behind sixth-place Columbus. String together a couple of wins, and talk of missing the playoffs settles down once again.

“I like the fact that everyone has written us off and counted us out,” Steve Ott said. “It plays into that underdog hand that we are. We are a team that loves to battle and loves to compete in tough situations.”

And this upcoming road trip will no doubt be tough. First on the docket is San Jose, leading the Western Conference with 93 points. More pressing, the Sharks are an incredible 26-2-3 at home this season. They are, however, just 5-3-2 in their last 10, with two losses (Detroit and Montreal) in their last three games.

Following the trip to HP Pavilion, the Stars head to LA for back-to-back games against the Kings on Thursday and the Ducks on Friday. Los Angeles is struggling, going 2-6-2 in their last 10. With 61 points, the Kings are still hanging around the playoff chatter, though currently sit six points out of the final eighth spot.

Finishing up the trip is a stop in Anaheim, to face the Ducks for the second time in less than a week. The Ducks took the win at the American Airlines Center Feb. 28, pulling out a 4-3 victory with two quick goals in the third. A scuffle after the final whistle in front of Anaheim’s net landed Ott a one-game suspension, served Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.

Despite the tough three games that lie ahead of them, the team feels strongly they will be able to pull together and grind out some wins.

“Obviously when you are not in the playoffs you feel a little desperation,” defenseman Darryl Sydor said. “I think we will be fine. There is a lot of confidence in this room and we just need to get that confidence and swagger back. It’s a kind of like business as usual, but we’ve been more vocal as of late. We are professionals, this is what we do and we better have enough fight to keep going.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 9 5 7 5 12
J. Spezza 9 4 6 1 10
C. Eakin 9 0 7 1 7
A. Goligoski 9 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 9 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 9 2 2 1 4
J. Klingberg 9 1 3 -5 4
A. Hemsky 9 1 3 0 4
M. Janmark 8 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .903 2.70
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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