Stars-Coyotes Notes

Sunday, 02.9.2014 / 12:06 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Coyotes Notes

While Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen, Valeri Nichushkin and coach Lindy Ruff make their way to Sochi for the Olympics, the rest of the Stars will get a little break from hockey. But they’ll still have a focus on coming out of the break strong.

“I think everybody is going to take five or six days to enjoy themselves,” said Stars forward Ray Whitney. “Probably do some stuff you wouldn’t do during the season. Then it’s back to work. Although we’re not practicing, we’ll be training pretty hard that second week. Like Lindy was alluding to in the locker room it is very important that we come out of the break prepared to go because the team that stumbles coming out is probably the team that is going to miss the playoffs. We want to make sure we are ready to go and continue to play the way we have the last two or three weeks.”

Ruff said it is only natural to worry about how a lengthy break like this one can affect a team.

“I think every team worries about that,” Ruff said. “You talk to your players and remind them how hard it was to get to this point and that they’ve got to come out of the break and be one of the better teams. You’ve got about a week’s window there where you have two or three games where you’re guessing at what you’re going to get. You’ve got five practice days and we’ll try to get the team ready. Our group is pretty committed.”

Notes

*The Stars are 6-1-2 over their last nine games.

*The Stars have allowed 12 goals over the last nine games for an average of 1.33 per game.

*The Stars have allowed 23.8 shots per game over their last nine contests.

*The Stars were 0-5 on the power play Saturday and 3-4 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars are 11-12 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Stars are 1-16 on the power play over the last five games.

*The Stars outshot Phoenix 33-27 Saturday.

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

*The Stars won 33 of 59 (56 percent) of faceoffs.

*Jamie Benn won 6 of 10 faceoffs. Cody Eakin won 7 of 13. Rich Peverley won 6 of 11.

*Saturday’s attendance was 18,532, a sellout.

Stars lineup

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

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Scratched: 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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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

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
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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