Stars-Sharks Notes

Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 1:40 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Sharks Notes

Wednesday’s overtime loss to San Jose gave the Stars a 1-6 record in games that have been settled in four-on-four overtime this season. In a tight playoff race, those are some valuable points left on the table.

“It’s something we talked about right after the game. That’s an area we have to improve in. It’s not good enough,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Those extra points are there. We lost coverage again on the goal and they made us pay for it.”

The Stars lost Wednesday in San Jose when Sharks forward Tommy Wingels got open in the front of the Dallas net, took a pass and scored from close range.

“I think for the most part, we look at some of our losses, they’ve been coverage situations,” said Ruff. “Some of them have been penalty kill situations, 4-on-3 in overtime, but the majority have been coverage where we haven’t read our coverage and that’s exactly what this one was tonight.”

The Stars are 3-4 in shootouts this season, giving them a 4-10 record in games that have been settled beyond regulation this season.

Notes

*The Stars are 5-1-2 in their last eight games.

*The Stars have allowed 11 goals over the last eight games (1.38 per game).

*The Stars allowed 21 shots on goal and have allowed 23.4 shots per game over the last eight games.

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 38 of 74 (51 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Cody Eakin won 12 of 20. Rich Peverley won 5 of 7. Jamie Benn won 8 of 16. Vernon Fiddler won 5 of 15.

*Stars forward Antoine Roussel had a game-high six hits.

*The Stars are 11-2-3 vs. the Pacific Division.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik ColeCody EakinRich Peverley
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Aaron Rome, Dustin Jeffrey

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 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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