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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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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