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Saturday Practice Update

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 7:51 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Saturday Practice Update
Everybody was on the ice this afternoon as the Stars held a short practice in Frisco.

Everybody was on the ice this afternoon as the Stars held a short practice in Frisco. With an earlier than usual start tomorrow against the New York Islanders and no morning skate, Stars coach Lindy Ruff wanted to get the players going a little bit.

“It was just get the blood flowing today,” Ruff said. “It was a late night. Most people probably didn’t get to bed until maybe 3:30 (this morning). For me, with a 5 o’clock game tomorrow, it was just trying to get the hands and the feet and the brain going.”

The Stars are back home after a three game road trip where they lost all three games, extending their overall losing streak to five. Ruff said the Stars are making progress and the play has improved.

“We had a couple games with real low energy where we beat ourselves. We made big mistakes. Typically, when the legs aren’t going the heads aren’t far behind. We made some big mistakes in those games that cost us,” Ruff said. “The game last night (3-2 loss to New York Rangers) looked very similar to the games we’ve been winning. If we put the puck in the net on a couple of the chances late in the third, we’ll walk out with points. We played a real good third period when it comes to giving up anything. It was kind of a fall away shot off a battle that beats you. For me, we’re closer to where we need to be.”

One of the reasons GM Jim Nill hired Ruff to be head coach of the Stars is because Ruff has just about every situation imaginable during his career. So, he has seen his share of losing streaks. While veteran players can play a key role at a time like this, Ruff said a lot of it falls on his shoulders.

“I am responsible for picking them up and keeping their hope tank full,” Ruff said. “This isn’t the time to go around and look for every little mistake in the game. We evaluate the game, we see where we could have been better. We made some adjustments out of the Jersey game that I thought the guys really bought into for the Ranger game. We’re not quite there, but it was a game we could have won.

But when you are going bad - I’ve been through enough of these - when you are going bad, you are going to lose that game. If you are going good, you win that game. That’s just the way it is. It’s no different than when we were going good before Christmas or just after. That opportunity went in the net for us, now it goes in for the opposition.”

Stars practice lineup

Here’s how the Stars lined up in practice today

Jamie BennTyler SeguinErik Cole
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Valeri Nichushkin/Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Defense pairs were mixed with Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, Brenden Dillon, Sergei Gonchar, Jordie Benn, Aaron Rome and Kevin Connauton all on the ice.

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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