News
Social Networks
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Playoff Mentality

Monday, 04.2.2007 / 11:00 PM CT / News
Dallas Stars
X
Share with your Friends


Playoff Mentality
By Jason Danby

Stars Head To Columbus

With three games remaining in the 2006-2007 regular season, the Dallas Stars' bid for the Pacific Division title is no longer solely in their hands. The Dallas Stars currently stand sixth in the West, while San Jose is fifth, and both clubs must now rely on a misstep by the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in order to have a shot at the Pacific crown. Even with Monday's disappointing loss to St. Louis, Coach Dave Tippett knows his team is still in the running.

"All we can do is win the games we have to give ourselves a chance," said Tippett. "We have Anaheim for one game, and Anaheim has San Jose for one game. So the three teams in our division are still pushing hard. We have to play well to win our games and that will be our focus."

Four points ahead of Dallas and San Jose, Anaheim plays both division rivals in their final three games, ending with a trip to Columbus. San Jose plays out their season against playoff seeds Calgary and Vancouver, while the Stars will play games against Columbus and Chicago on the home stretch.

In regards to the team's energetic, but ultimately unsuccessful, effort against St. Louis, Tippett admitted that the weekend's victories played a role in Monday's loss.

"I think there was a fatigue factor playing the third game in four days," remarked Tippett, "and obviously there was a bit of an emotional letdown after the two big games on the weekend. We had some chances and didn't finish and I don't think we executed as well as we could have. I think that was a bit of fatigue that caught up with us."

Dallas' recent high-tempo games are a good indication that the players are reaching a heightened playoff mentality, and defenseman Darryl Sydor thinks the playoffs can't begin soon enough.

"The guys are very anxious to get the playoffs underway," said Sydor. "Right now, we have to worry about our own game, defensively, offensively and all our tactical stuff. No one knows who we are playing so we can't prepare for any of that yet."

Sydor is one of the Stars who might benefit from some rest before the playoffs begin, as he sat out Monday night's game due to a hand injury he sustained on March 24 at Phoenix. Jere Lehtinen and Trevor Daley also missed Monday's contest, due to lower and upper body strains, respectively.

The recent subtractions to the defensive lineup have brought about more focus on the club's midseason acquisitions on the blue line, Mattias Norstrom and Nolan Baumgartner. Norstrom tallied an assist against St. Louis and Baumgartner's role has continued to increase as the Stars cash in on their defensive insurance policy.

"The coaching staff has outstanding methods to keep us sharp for when these things happen," said Baumgartner. "When guys go down, other guys are ready to step in."

Often paired with Jon Klemm, Baumgartner has managed to remain error-free as he steps up for a head coach used to juggling the lineup.

"Baumer' has been very good," said Tippett. "We put him in a position were he is playing his off side. He hasn't played it a lot in his career, but he's battling hard, has got himself a couple of points and is doing fine."

With regards to Sydor and other players nursing bumps and bruises, Tippett will take the cautious route as the team nears the playoffs.

"We are certainly not to put anybody in the lineup that would affect anything possibly going into the playoffs," said Tippett. "I don't know if we are being any more cautious than we normally are. We are not going to put a player in a situation were he can't do the things he is supposed to do or put him at risk for a long-term injury."

Sydor is back on the practice ice and plans to be back in the lineup for the season's end, but is taking his recovery day by day.

"I'm just taking some steps and handling some pucks, so we will see," said Sydor. "The last three games are all important and the team is doing well, but obviously the playoffs are more important."

The Stars will continue to fine-tune various facets of their game in a Wednesday practice in Frisco before traveling to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets in the final road game of the regular season.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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
DallasStars.com is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+