Stars-Jets Preview

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 9:13 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Jets Preview

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets
Friday October 11
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (1-1-0) haven’t played since Saturday, when they defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.

“I thought the effort was really good,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of the win over Washington. “Some guys relaxed and made a lot better plays than they did in the first game. We had some great opportunities that we let slip away to really put the game away, but when the game was on the line we did a really good job of defending and not giving up anything big.”

The Stars are expected to have a new look with their forward lines as Rich Peverley has been practicing at right wing on the top line with center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn.

“I like the balance on the lines,” said Ruff. “We have a little bit of size and good speed on all the lines.”

Friday’s game kicks off a three game road trip for the Stars, who played their first two games of the season at home. The Stars will play five of the next six and seven of the next ten games on the road.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (hip) is out.

About the Jets

The Jets (2-2-0) lost their second straight game, falling 2-1 at Minnesota Thursday night. The Jets were outshot 30-15 in the game.

“It's some of the same stuff we've talked about, mostly faceoffs. We never start with the puck,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said. “We chased pretty much the whole night and never created very much through the neutral zone.”

The Jets lost 45 of 61 faceoffs in the game.

“We don't start with [the puck], so we're always checking, we're always chasing it down,” Noel said. “You can see our puck possession game isn't great.”

Friday’s game opens a six game homestand for the Jets.

Injuries: F Chris Thorburn (lower body) is questionable.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Jets this season.

*The Stars and Jets last met March 14, 2012 in Winnipeg. The Jets won 5-2.

*The Stars are 11-2-1 all-time against the Winnipeg franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won 63 of 123 (51.2 percent) of faceoffs over their first two games.

*The Jets have won 97 of 258 (37.6 percent) of faceoffs over their first four games, and have the lowest faceoff percentage in the NHL.

*The Jets have allowed 30 or more shots in all four of their games this season and are allowing 34.5 shots per game.

*After allowing 39 shots in their season opener against Florida, the Stars held Washington to 26 shots on Saturday.

*Winnipeg is averaging a league-low 23.2 shots per game.

*The Stars are averaging 24.0 shots per game, which ranks 28th in the league.

*After giving up four power play goals in their first two games, the Jets are 10-10 on the penalty kill in their last two contests.

*The Stars are 0-5 on the power play over their first two games of the season.

*Winnipeg has scored on the power play in each of its four games, and is 4-18 (22.2 percent) on the season.

*The Stars are 6-7 (87.7 percent) on the penalty kill through two games.

*Forward Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with two goals.

*Chiasson and Brenden Dillon (one goal, one assist) are tied for the Stars team lead with two points.

*Forward Bryan Little leads the Jets with three goals.

*Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien (five assists) and Tobias Enstrom (five assists) lead the Jets with five points each.

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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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