Wednesday Practice Update

Wednesday, 10.9.2013 / 2:02 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Wednesday Practice Update
With four days of practice between games, the Stars have been focusing on different areas of their game this week. On Wednesday they spent part of practice on special teams.

With four days of practice between games, the Stars have been focusing on different areas of their game this week. On Wednesday they spent part of practice on special teams.

The power play hasn’t clicked in the first two games, failing to score on five opportunities and generating just one shot on goal.

“We had a little trouble on entries. We had some tough decisions with the puck inside the zone where instead of some easy plays we made quick plays that didn’t show a lot of patience,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought the second game we had a couple good looks, we had an empty net to shoot it in off the one power play. But not enough zone time and some of that was once we got in the zone, some of the decisions we made with the puck.”

Asked what the Stars can do to improve it, Ruff had this to say.

“We went over it, practiced it the last couple days and we’ll spend a little bit more time,” Ruff said. “I think it is just realizing where your outs are and making those quick outs and if pressure is coming, knowing where those outs are.”

These were the power units the Stars ran in Wednesday’s practice:

Alex Chiasson-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley-Jamie Benn-Sergei Gonchar
Ray Whitney
-Shawn Horcoff-Valeri Nichushkin-Erik Cole-Alex Goligoski

Line shuffling

With a lot of special teams in Wednesday’s practice the Stars didn’t run much in the way of line combinations, but Ruff said he is still considering moving Rich Peverley up to the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

“We used that in yesterday’s practice. I think it kind of balances the size out on the lines,” Ruff said. “We talked about it again today and we’ll talk about it again tomorrow morning, but I think it’s a look we are going to take a peek at.”

Ellis expected to get a start this weekend

The Stars will play back-to-back games at Winnipeg and Minnesota this weekend and while Ruff said he doesn’t like to discuss who will start in goal, he did say backup Dan Ellis is expected to start one of the two games.

“Normally that is the one thing I don’t share, but I do have a plan,” Ruff said. “I’ll share that Dan is going to play (one of the two).”

Stars ready to get going

The Stars will have one more day of practice in Frisco on Thursday before heading off to Winnipeg, where they’ll begin their three-game road trip on Friday. But they are ready to get going on what will be their first extended road trip of the season.

“We’re just excited to get back on the road again,” said defenseman Trevor Daley. “A lot of us haven’t been on the road together or haven’t spent the night in the hotel in a while. I think we are just excited to get on the road.”

Asked if he was ready to get out on the road, Ruff drew laughs from the media with his response.

“I’m ready. I’m tired of seeing you guys,” Ruff said. “It’s been a long week.”

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

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
2 ANA 75 46 22 7 219 211 99
3 NSH 74 45 21 8 211 178 98
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 73 43 26 4 211 195 90
7 WPG 74 38 24 12 207 195 88
8 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
9 LAK 73 36 23 14 196 182 86
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 73 35 30 8 201 206 78
12 COL 73 33 28 12 196 205 78
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 74 22 44 8 154 246 52

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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