Razor with an Edge: Airborne Info

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 7:58 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor with an Edge: Airborne Info
Razor discusses how to build a stable franchise, points lost in losses and hat tricks in this edition of Razor with an Edge.

I Didn't Sleep on the Plane So That I Could Inform You of This

Stability

The great Bill Walsh believed that the more turnover you have in your football department the less likely it will be that you will succeed. Therefore hiring good people and having a great deal of patience is tantamount to winning on a consistent basis.

Good franchise-building advice for any sport.

As a hockey example, from 1993 to 2007 (14 years) the Dallas Stars had:

- 2 Owners
- 2 Presidents (1 really. Who remembers Jim Cramer?)
- 2 General Managers
- 3 Coaches
- 5 Captains

Special Teams

There is an old algorithm for success that states you have to have the percentage of your Power play and the percentage of your Penalty Kill add up to at least 100. (ie. 20% PP + 82% PK = 102%). This seems to have held true for the Stars. The last time they finished a season with this winning equation was 2007-08 (103.5) which was also the last time they made the playoffs.

Loser Points on the Road

The lack of points earned in losses on the road (embarrassing oxymoron) has no doubt been a factor in the Stars narrowly missing out on a playoff spot in recent seasons. They 'earned' only 7 points in Overtime or Shootout losses over their last 111 road games.

Hat Tricks?

There is a rumor that in hockey when a player scores three goals in a game it's called a 'hat trick'. Stars fans can be excused if not familiar with the term as therehas not been one of these registered by a Dallas Star in any of the past three seasons. None. The last guy to induce a chapeau shower was Steve Ott in March of 2010 in a 5-1 pasting of the Sharks and Nabokov.

Prior to this three year futility the franchise (both in Minnesota and Dallas) had never gone so much as back-to-back years without a Trick.

The most three-goal games by players in one season? That was 1985-86. The N. Stars registered 11 of them. ELEVEN! And how about the scores:

5-5 @ Chi
9-2 vs Chi
10-2 @Det
8-3 @ NJ
8-7 vs Tor
6-5 @ Chi
8-5 @ Det
6-5 vs Stl
6-5 @ Cgy
5-4 @ Det

Yes, once upon a time the Hawks and Wings sucked.

*One more note on Stars Hat Tricks. December 23rd, 1990 at the Hartford Civic Center - Dave Gagner registered one. You’re welcome Dave.

Ruff Era

Stars coach Lindy Ruff spent 15 seasons behind the Sabres bench in Buffalo. His tenure started in 1997 and ended when he was fired 17 games into last season. An incredible run. That kind of coach-loyalty just doesn't exist very often, in any sport. Consider this, you would have to string together the Dallas Stars coaching tenures of Bob Gainey, Ken Hitchcock and Dave Tippett in order to equal the span Ruff spent in Buffalo. Amazing.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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