Stars-Wild Notes

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 11:07 PM CT / 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’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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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