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Stars-Wild Notes

Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 12:07 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Wild Notes
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was not a good night for the team\u2019s group of defensemen, who had a couple of costly turnovers early in the game and had a hard time moving the puck throughout night in the 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was not a good night for the team’s group of defensemen, who had a couple of costly turnovers early in the game and had a hard time moving the puck throughout night in the 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

“We had players that need to play better. Obviously our defense didn’t play well tonight,” Ruff said. “We had a couple of guys that were pretty good, but I thought four of the six struggled moving the puck. The strength of the way we are built is we have to move pucks. When we don’t make plays coming out of our own end it obviously makes it tough to get through the neutral zone.”

The Stars juggled things up on defense at times during the game, breaking up the Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar and Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas pairings. Goligoski played some with Robidas and Dillon and Gonchar were paired together at times.

Jordie Benn and Trevor Daley played together most of the game and ended up leading the Stars in ice time for the game.

Notes

*Justin Fontaine’s goal 12 seconds into Saturday’s game was the second quickest goal scored against the Stars franchise. Buffalo’s Rick Martin scored the quickest, tallying at the 11 second mark on October 14, 1979.

*Minnesota outshot the Stars 36-19.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play. They are 3-13 (23.1 percent) this season.

*The Stars were 2-4 on the penalty kill. They are 13-17 (76.5 percent) on the season.

*The Stars won 30 of 58 faceoffs in the game against a Minnesota team that came in ranked No. 1 in faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 11 and Cody Eakin won 7 of 12.

*Jamie Benn, Rich Peverley and Brenden Dillon led the Stars with three shots on goal each.

*Jordie Benn led the Stars in ice time with 21:44. Trevor Daley was next with 21:02.

Stars lineup

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney
-Cody Eakin-Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel
-Shawn Horcoff-Erik Cole
Ryan Garbutt
-Vernon-Fiddler-Valeri Nichushkin

Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar
Brenden Dillon
-Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
-Jordie Benn

Dan Ellis (starter)
Jack Campbell

Scratched: Chris Mueller, Lane MacDermid, Kevin Connauton

Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body), Aaron 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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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