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Friday morning skate update

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 1:34 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Friday morning skate update

The Dallas Stars kick off the final third of the season tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.

The Stars come into tonight’s game with 33 points (15-14-3) and are three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If you look long term, it could take 53 or 54 points to be in the mix to make the top eight at the end of the season, meaning the Stars would have to go something like 10-6-0 or 10-5-1 over their last 16 games.

The Stars say they aren’t focused on what they have to do over the long-term, they are just focusing on the next game.

“We don’t talk about that, what we have to win in 16 games. We talk about today,” said Stars coach Gulutzan. “We know that we have a game in hand on St. Louis and if we get two points tonight we’re a point back with two other home games coming up. To look at what you have to finish, there’s a lot that can go on from now. I firmly believe somebody’s going to have to go on a little bit of a run here. And as a team that’s not in the eight right now, we want that to be us. We’ve got to start tonight with the two points, get a little confidence in the room, get within striking distance of those other teams that are in the eight.”

To read more, visit StarsInsideEdge.com with Mark Stepneski

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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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