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Stars Open Camp With Pace

Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 7:11 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Open Camp With Pace

The Dallas Stars hit the ice for their first practice of training camp at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Thursday, and the word of the day might have been pace.

“It was a great pace,” said Stars GM Jim Nill. “Lindy (Ruff) is a very good coach as we all know. I loved the crispness of the practice. It was a high pace. It was all business out there. They worked hard and that is what we’re looking for.”

The on-ice sessions, which included a practice session for one group of players and a scrimmage between two other groups of players, were the first under Ruff, whom Nill hired as the new head coach of the Stars back in June.

“I thought the pace of the practice was really good,” said Ruff. “The first thing you notice is the speed. In the compete drills, the guys worked real hard. In the scrimmage, the ice got a little bit tough, but I thought in the practice the players did a nice job with the stuff we tried to work on in the offensive zone. It was a good first day.”

The compete level was high the first day of practice as well. In the morning’s first practice session with Group A, there were several competitive drills, including one-on-ones.

“There were a lot of one-on-one’s. That was great,” said forward Antoine Roussel. “In a training camp like this you want to get involved, those bumps, those physical plays right away. You feel good about it after that.”

The scrimmage between the Groups B and C was physical at times, with several good hits thrown.

“It’s the first thing (Ruff) said in the meeting last night – we’re here to compete,” said center Shawn Horcoff. “We’re going to be a team that competes.”

Thursday was the first of three days of practice in Fort Worth for the Stars. They’ll practice and scrimmage there again Friday and hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday before opening their exhibition slate with a game against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

“It was fun being around the guys and just seeing how intense Lindy is. It was a good first practice,” said left wing Jamie Benn. “We have three days here to get a little bit of chemistry and then we play our first exhibition game on Sunday. We are definitely jumping right back into it. It’s an exciting time.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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