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Down, But Not Out

Friday, 01.15.2010 / 5:15 PM CT / News
By Travis Betts  - DallasStars.com
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Down, But Not Out

Stars return from road trip with 16 straight against Western Conference


Following a three-game road trip in which they failed to earn a point in the standings, the Dallas Stars were back on the ice Friday preparing for Saturday’s afternoon game against the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars returned from Thursday’s 5-3 loss at Montreal sitting in 11th place in the West – six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. But twelve of Dallas’ next 14 games leading up to the Olympic break are against Western Conference teams that the Stars are chasing in the standings, giving them a chance to make up ground in the playoff race.

Stars’ head coach Marc Crawford said the team’s recent struggles have been because of problems in their own end. Dallas has allowed four or more goals in seven of its last eight games.

“We’ve got to try where we can to limit the number of chances we’re giving them. By our count, last night, we gave up 20, which is too many. You’re not going to eliminate them all. And we figure that we can eliminate a good number of them, and that’s going to allow us to be better. There’s no secret to why we’re not winning. We’re giving up too many goals,” Crawford said.

Brunnstrom back with team

Crawford was impressed by Fabian Brunnstrom, who played Thursday against Montreal – his first game since his two-week conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars. Brunnstrom has just one goal in 24 games this season, after scoring 17 goals in 55 games as a rookie last year.

“I thought Bruno gave us some real quality shifts. He played like he had some confidence, and I thought that through two periods, he was very, very good. He lost a couple of one-on-one battles, but he won a few. He looked more comfortable on the ice and we’re looking to build on that with him here in the next game. We’re committed to trying to give him an opportunity.”

Noteworthy:

James Neal came off the ice in the second period Thursday after taking an inadvertent high-stick to the mouth, but returned later in the period and finished the game. Crawford said Neal should be ready to go on Saturday against the Red Wings.




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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 50 25 18 7 111 115 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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