Stars-Oilers Notes

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:08 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Oilers Notes

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt is on a little roll in the points department. Garbutt, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Tuesday’s win over Edmonton, now has five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games.

“I’ve been trying to use my speed to create chances and I’ve been fortunate to get some bounces,” Garbutt said. “I’ve been playing with some good linemates and our whole team is working hard. Anytime I can help the team out it’s a bonus.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Garbutt, who has been playing on a line with Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin, may have played his best game of the season on Tuesday, and it came after Ruff gave Garbutt some direction prior to the game.

“Obviously he’s a difference maker, he’s an energy guy for us and it was nice to see him get rewarded because that line has worked hard, he’s worked real hard,” Ruff said. “I’m pushing him for a better level of discipline inside his game and he’s getting rewarded for it. I had a conversation with him again before the game tonight about some of the plays in the previous game that I didn’t like. I said ‘I just want you to improve in a couple of those areas’ and tonight I thought might have been one of his best games.”

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“Better. Better. We need them to be difference makers. I thought their energy was better, even the beginning of the third period, getting pucks deep and getting after them. They had a couple of great looks in the second period that they could have converted on. But for the most part, a lot better for us.”

Notes

*The Stars snapped a six-game losing streak and a three-game home losing streak.

*Ryan Garbutt matched a season high with three points (one goal, two assists). Garbutt has two multi-point games over the Stars’ last three contests.

*The Oilers outshot the Stars 33-30. Jamie Benn led the Stars with six shots on goal.

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

*The Stars won 28 of 52 (54 percent) faceoffs in the game. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 11. Tyler Seguin won 8 of 14. Rich Peverley won 5 of 8. Cody Eakin won 4 of 12.

*The Stars are 10-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*Stars forward Ray Whitney played in his 1,300th NHL game.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinErik Cole
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffRich PeverleyValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Aaron Rome (lower body), 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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STANDINGS

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 50 25 18 7 111 115 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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