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Stars Ready to Go

Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 4:55 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Ready to Go
The Stars are ready to start the 2013-14 season.

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff has been through a lot of opening nights during his coaching career, but that doesn’t mean he sees Thursday night’s season opener against Florida as routine.

“I’m psyched. I can’t wait. I am disappointed that we have one more night to go. It’s fun. You have that anxiety to get it going,” Ruff said. “It’s not just another game. It’s the start of something really new. It’s something really exciting. I don’t look at it as just another game. It’s a lot of different guys that we’ve put together and a lot of guys that have gotten along well together as a team. I am excited to see that develop.”

The players are no different. They went through a full practice in Frisco on Wednesday, and are ready to get going as well.

“We’re sick of practicing,” said captain Jamie Benn. “After a month of training camp, we are chomping at the bit here. We’re ready to go.”

There’s a lot of excitement and optimism surrounding the Stars with all the offseason changes. There’s a new coach in Ruff, a new GM in Jim Nill, several new players and a new logo and new uniforms.

“I think everybody is excited. Everybody is starting fresh and there is a good vibe around here,” said defenseman Trevor Daley. “The last five years aren’t where we want to be. When you have a drought like that, change usually comes. I am pretty excited about it.”

The Stars will be looking for a good start, not only in Thursday’s game against Florida but over the first part of the season as well. Getting off to a good start can put crucial points in the bank and provide some early season confidence.

“You definitely want to be at the top of your game on day one,” said Benn. “That’s what we are going to do. We want to be hot from the start, get some wins, get some confidence and go from there.”

“A good start is very important, especially with the Olympic year,” said Daley. “You want to get off to a good start because once you get past that Olympic break it’s a sprint to the finish. It would be a benefit to go into that Olympic break with a good lead.”

A good start has been a talking point since the Stars hit the ice in Fort Worth to open training camp almost three weeks ago.

“We’ve been trying to get off to a good start since day one of camp,” said Ruff. “From the scrimmages, we talked about playing well and practicing well, and going through the preseason we talked about getting off to a good start. We’ll talk again, making sure that when we play for real that we do the right things that are going to help us win.”

And the first opportunity to do that comes Thursday night at American Airlines Center.

Notes

*Ruff said defenseman Trevor Daley (upper body) is expected to play Thursday vs. Florida.

“He looks like he is ready to go,” Ruff said. “I fully anticipate him playing tomorrow night.”

*Forward Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) won’t play Thursday, but Peverley said he expects to be available for Saturday’s game against Washington.

*Defenseman Aaron Rome (hip surgery) practiced with the team on Wednesday. It was his first practice since having a procedure done on his hip last month.

“Today was more get out with the guys and have a little more fun, and then conditioning after,” Rome said. “I felt good. I felt like it was a step in the right direction.”

Rome is a couple weeks away.

Wednesday’s practice lineup

Here’s how the Stars lined up in practice on Wednesday.

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

Goligoski-Gonchar
Dillon-Robidas
Benn-Daley
Rome (injured)-Connauton

Lehtonen
Ellis

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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