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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 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 6 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 6 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 6 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 6 3 1 0 4
C. Eakin 6 0 4 1 4
A. Goligoski 6 2 1 -4 3
J. Klingberg 6 1 2 -3 3
A. Hemsky 6 1 2 1 3
J. Demers 6 0 3 5 3
M. Janmark 5 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 3 1 0 .911 2.27
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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