Stars-Canucks Notes

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 12:11 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Canucks Notes

After scoring just one goal in his first 19 games this season, Stars forward Erik Cole has picked up the pace recently.

Cole, who had one goal and two assists in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Vancouver at American Airlines Center, has scored four goals over his last nine games.

“Erik has been consistent,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I think if you look at his points over the last ten games, it’s about where we need him. Tonight he really skated well, physical he was good. He got a puck on net that found a way to way to go in, and he made a heck of a play to Val [Nichushkin] on that goal. He’s a big man that is hard to control. When he is skating, he is a powerful body out there for us.”

Cole sees the goal he scored at Vancouver on Nov. 17 as a turning point for him this season. That snapped a 17-goal scoring drought. That helped put Cole on a stretch that has seen him pick up 10 points (five goals, five assists) over the last 15 games.

“I played through an injury for a while. Some other guys were going and I wasn’t really able to get back up the lineup,” Cole said. “Even now it’s kind of been up and down, but I feel like I can contribute and play a bigger role. Hopefully, it can continue and I can help take some of the load off our top guys.”

Quotable: Lindy Ruff on the Stars’ consecutive wins

“We are trying to treat our home fans to a Merry Christmas. I think the one thing is the energy in the building has been getting better and better. We’ve talked about being a better team here at home. I think the last two games the way we’ve played is the way we need to play. We need to pay attention to playing well in our own end. I think these last two games we were a fun team to watch. We were great on the rush, but sometimes we take the play away from the puck a little bit for granted at home. I really want our team to build off that. These last two games have been a little bit of a present for our fans. We’d like to wish all our fans a Merry Christmas, too.”

Notes

*The Stars are 3-1-0 in their last four home games and 4-1-2 over the last seven at American Airlines Center.

*The Stars have won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 13-17 when they won three in a row.

*The Stars are 7-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*Colton Sceviour has scored three goals in four games since being recalled from the AHL.

*Valeri Nichushkin has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) over the last 9 games.

*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill and 0-3 on the power play.

*The Canucks outshot the Stars 28-26. Alex Goligoski led the Stars with 4 shots on goal.

*Goligoski led the Stars in ice time with 25:58.

*Cameron Gaunce was a game-high plus-three.

*The Stars won 23 of 51 (45 percent of faceoffs). Jamie Benn won 5 of 7. Rich Peverley won 7 of 15. Cody Eakin and Tyler Seguin both won 3 of 9.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Whitney – Horcoff – Chiasson
Cole – Peverley – Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennSergei Gonchar
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Aaron Rome (lower body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey, Maxime Fortunus

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 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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