Stars-Kings Notes

Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 7:49 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Kings Notes

The Dallas Stars were already without four defensemen due to injury for Monday night’s game in Los Angeles, and the last thing they needed was another injury on the blue line.

They got a scare in the first period when defenseman Brenden Dillon went down after a hit from Kings forward Dwight King.

“I wanted to cry,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin said about seeing Dillon go down.

Dillon struggled to get to the bench, headed down the tunnel but was back on the ice a few minutes later and finished the game. He played a team-high 25:32.

“We weren’t sure what it was, but it was nice to see him come back into the game,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

“Maybe a little bit of a charley horse, but he was able to get through it and he played well the rest of the night,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Gonchar update

Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar sat out Monday’s game due to concussion-like symptoms. He was injured in Saturday’s game in San Jose when he was hit in the head by a puck.

“He’ll be re-evaluated when he gets back,” said Ruff. “It is maybe a five to seven day window. You don’t know with concussions or symptoms. As soon as they’re gone, you start exercising and get going.”

Notes

*The Stars are 11-8-2 on the road, including 9-3-2 over the last 14 games away from American Airlines Center.

*The Stars are 8-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has ten points (four goals, six assists) over the last six games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has four goals over the last six games.

*Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin has three goals over the last six games.

*Kings goaltender Martin Jones was touched up for more than two goals for the first time in nine NHL starts.

*The Kings allowed more than two goals for only the second time in the last 23 games.

*The Kings outshot the Stars 32-23.

*Nichushkin and Cody Eakin led the Stars with four shots on goal each.

*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 24 of 51 (47 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 6 of 9. Eakin won 7 of 14. Rich Peverley won 5 of 11.

*Stars forward Alex Chiasson missed Monday’s game due to illness.

*Kings captain Dustin Brown missed Monday’s game due to illness.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennMaxime Fortunus
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Injured: Alex Chiasson (illness), Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Rome (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg)

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey

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 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

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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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