Stars-Red Wings Morning Skate

Thursday, 11.7.2013 / 1:19 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Red Wings Morning Skate
The Dallas Stars look to go three for three on their road trip when they take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

The Dallas Stars look to go three for three on their road trip when they take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

The Stars have shootout wins over Ottawa and Boston already under their belt on the trip. In fact, their last three games have gone beyond regulation. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said if the team’s power play could have chipped in recently, the Stars could have taken those games in regulation instead of rolling the dice in the shootout.

“It’s made the games closer and we could put games away,” Ruff said. “We’ve had situations where we could put games way, even in Ottawa and Boston, same thing, we had an opportunity where it could make a difference. We had a couple of good looks, and when you are struggling you get a little bit of tunnel vision. There was a (Trevor) Daley look late where (Ray) Whitney was wide open. You look at those situations and you think those are the perils of yelling sometimes too much about getting pucks to the net, and we’ve tried to stay away from that. But those are plays that will usually turn into goals for you.”

The Stars are 0-10 on the power play over the last four games, and 1-21 over the last seven.

The Red Wings come into tonight’s game struggling to find any kind of goals at home. They have three goals over their last three home games and have scored more than two goals just one time in their seven home games this season. Thursday’s game opens a four-game homestand for the Red Wings, who are 0-1-2 in their last three at Joe Louis Arena.

“We’re going to have to find a way to get on a roll here because we’ve got to make this a tough place to play,’’ Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard told Detroit media. “This is a great place to play, in front of our fans, how passionate they are. We just got to come out and be focused.’’

Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo cleared waivers Thursday. He’s expected to be assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL in the near future, but will stay with the NHL club for now.

Thursday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Where: Joe Louis Arena
When: 6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM and 96.7FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik Cole
Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Shawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski
Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Red Wings projected lineup

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary – Stephen Weiss – Daniel Alfredsson
Justin Abdelkader – Joakim Andersson – Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller – Darren Helm – Mikael Samuelsson

Niklas Kronwall – Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey – Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff – Adam Almquist

Jimmy Howard (starter)
Jonas Gustavsson

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 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 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
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 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 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 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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