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Stars-Panthers Notes

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 1:09 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Panthers Notes
Notes from the season opener between the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers.

Thursday’s game between the Stars and Panthers featured two highly touted 2013 draft picks who were making their NHL debuts.

Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin, the tenth overall pick, logged 19:50 of ice time, had no points, one shot on goal and two hits. He started the game on a line with Vernon Fiddler and Shawn Horcoff, but also saw some time with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

“I thought for a first game he did a lot of good things,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He was in on some good opportunities. I thought he skated well. He played quite a bit. I thought for the first NHL game, getting a little bit of the jitters out, I thought he played well.”

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, the second overall pick, played 15:34, scored in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. He had four shots on goal and won three of 13 faceoffs.

“[Barkov] had a big game,” said Florida forward Kris Versteeg. “He ended up playing well. He played great for us tonight.”

Peverley to be evaluated Friday

Stars forward Rich Peverley, who missed Thursday’s season opener because he is still undergoing treatment for an irregular heartbeat, will be evaluated on Friday to determine if he will be available for Saturday’s game against Washington.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars failed to registered a point for the first time in their last 15 home openers (11-1-3).

*The Stars had 5:08 of power play time in the game and had no power play shots on goal.

*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 38 of 71 faceoffs (54 percent).

*Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 20 (65 percent) for the Stars.

*Marcel Goc won 16 of 20 (80 percent) for Florida.

*The Panthers blocked 24 shots in the game. Florida defenseman Mike Weaver led the way with six blocks.

*Alex Goligoski and Fiddler led the Stars with four shots each.

*Goligoski led the Stars with 22:01 of ice time.

Notes

*The Stars put Victory Green t-shirts on every seat in the American Airlines Center.

*The second period of Thursday’s game ended with 25.5 seconds left in order to repair a broken pane of glass. The two teams played the final 25.5 seconds after the second intermission to finish the second period and then immediately started the third period.

*Mike Modano dropped the ceremonial first puck.

*Thursday’s announced attendance was 16,110.

Quotable

“I expect to see a lot more battle.”

-Stars coach Lindy Ruff on what he expects to see from his team in Saturday’s game vs. Washington

Quotable II

“He gives you a chance to win and he makes the saves and gives you those little chances to win every night. If he’s going to keep doing that, then we’ll take victories like that all season.”

-Florida forward Kris Versteeg on Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas

Stars lineup

Benn-Seguin-Cole
Whitney-Eakin-Chiasson
Horcoff-Fiddler-Nichushkin
Roussel-Mueller-Garbutt

Goligoski-Gonchar
Dillon-Robidas
Daley-Benn

Lehtonen
Ellis

Scratched: Connauton, MacDermid

Injured: Peverley (irregular heartbeat), Rome (hip)

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. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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