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Stars-Coyotes Notes

Sunday, 02.09.2014 / 1:06 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Coyotes Notes
While Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen, Val Nichushkin and coach Lindy Ruff make their way to Sochi, the rest of the Stars will get a little break from hockey.

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 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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