Tuesday Practice Update

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 3:29 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski

The NHL regular season gets underway with three games tonight. The Dallas Stars, meanwhile, will have to wait a couple days before they get to open the 2013-14 campaign.

“The tough part now is waiting for a couple more nights to have opening night,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Pretty well done all you can do and you sit there trying to think of something else you can do while the other teams are playing for a couple of nights.”

The Stars coach said he likes where his team sits following training camp and the preseason. The Stars posted a 5-0-2 record in exhibition play, and Ruff saw plenty of positives.

“There’s lots of things to like about what we did in training camp. The challenge is to put that behind us and get ready for that first game,” Ruff said. “On the offensive side of it, I thought we played well. We scored enough goals. I thought we cleaned up our defensive play towards the end of camp. We worked hard on special teams to put in how we want to kill and some of the execution we want to try on the power play. We want to continue to do that. The areas I talked about were solid. The faceoff percentage has to get better.”

The Stars worked some on special teams Tuesday. They continue to go with four forwards and one defenseman on the power play. Ruff said he likes the option of having right-handed shots like Alex Chiasson and Ray Whitney available for one-timers.

“It’s a good look for us,” said Ruff. “It’s not as good a look when you bring a defenseman in there and he’s a left-handed shot and can’t one-time pucks. It’s a look we want those guys to be comfortable with and a look we want to try.”

Quotable: Tyler Seguin

“Feeling great, feeling really excited. Feeling more comfortable than I did the first day. I’m forming chemistry with some of the guys and learning the system. It’s a new system for everybody with a new coaching staff and new management. We’re putting it all together and I think everybody feels pretty good and ready for the home opener.”

Injury notes

*Stars defenseman Trevor Daley (upper body) said he’ll be ready for Thursday’s opener against Florida.

*Stars coach Lindy Ruff said forward Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is still on target to be ready for the second game of the season.

*Ruff said defenseman Aaron Rome (hip surgery) is expected to practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday.

Practice lineup

Benn-Seguin-Cole
Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson
Horcoff-Fiddler-Nichushkin/MacDermid
Roussel-Mueller-Garbutt
Peverley (injured)

Goligoski-Gonchar
Dillon-Robidas
Daley-Benn
Connauton

Lehtonen
Ellis

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 80 37 47 16 84
J. Benn 81 34 45 21 79
A. Goligoski 81 6 36 9 42
C. Eakin 81 16 19 -9 35
A. Chiasson 79 13 22 -21 35
V. Nichushkin 79 14 20 20 34
R. Garbutt 75 17 15 10 32
R. Whitney 69 9 23 -6 32
R. Peverley 62 7 23 -3 30
E. Cole 75 16 13 -17 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 20 10 .919 2.41
T. Thomas 18 24 4 .908 2.88
 
 
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