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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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