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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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.25
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