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.”
*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.
*Saturday’s attendance was 18,532, a sellout.
Scratched: Aaron Rome
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)