Stars-Devils Notes

Thursday, 01.9.2014 / 10:42 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Devils Notes

Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar was considered a strong contender to make Russian’s Olympic squad for the 2014 Sochi games, but he wasn’t on the 25-man roster released earlier this week.

That apparently doesn’t sit well with Russian hockey legend Slava Fetisov, who went to bat for Gonchar in an interview with a Russian news outlet.

“In this situation, I feel very sorry only for our experienced defenseman Sergei Gonchar,” Fetisov told R-Sport. “After all, our defensive line looks pretty young and Gonchar’s playing well in the NHL at the moment. I think that at such a fast-moving tournament [as the Olympics] his experience could be useful for the national team, especially on the power play.

“However, if the coaches have made that decision, I hope that they’ve made the right decision. Everyone understands the responsibility for the result.”

The 39-year-old Gonchar has played in every Olympics since 1998. If he had been selected to play at the 2014 Sochi games, he would have been the first man to play five times at the Olympics for Russia.

Notes

*Thursday was the first time the Stars have been shut out this season.

*The Stars are 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games and are now 11-10-2 on the road this season.

*The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven games vs. the Eastern Conference and are now 6-7-1 vs. the East this season.

*The Devils outshot the Stars 34-26.

*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal.

*The Devils blocked 18 shots in the game. Forward Ryan Carter led the Devils with four blocks.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 33 of 66 (50 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 14. Cody Eakin won 7 of 14. Jamie Benn won 7 of 15.

*With Aaron Rome healthy again after missing time with an upper body injury, the Stars assigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Texas of the AHL. Gaunce played in nine games with Dallas, registering no points and a plus-one rating.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Erik ColeCody EakinValeri Nichushkin
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Antoine Roussel, Aaron Rome

Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)

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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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