Stars Lose Whitney to Lower Body Injury

Thursday, 04.3.2014 / 11:07 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Lose Whitney to Lower Body Injury
Stars forward Ray Whitney left the game early in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return.

Stars forward Ray Whitney left the game early in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return.

Whitney appeared to be injured when he went down awkwardly in the neutral zone after taking a hit from Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore on the first shift of the game. Whitney took another shift a few minutes later and then left the game.

Whitney is listed as day to day.

Penalty kill woes

Carolina scored on its first two power play chances of the game Thursday to extend their lead from 1-0 to 3-0. Stars coach Lindy Ruff discussed the penalty kill after the game.

“Lack of aggression, we sat inside too much. We gave them room, gave them some time,” Ruff said. “You do that when you’re tired out there. I thought we did that when we were fresh. I think the one shot, there was no chance Lehts (goaltender Kari Lehtonen) could see it. The other one was pretty good one-timer from up top.”

The Stars have given up a power play goal in 10 of the last 15 games, and are 39-51 (76.5 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

Thomas gets time in net

Stars goaltender Tim Thomas was back in manning the net for the first time since his start against Philadelphia on March 20. Thomas took over for Kari Lehtonen eight minutes into the second period with the Stars down 3-0 and stopped 15 of 16 shots in 28:51 of playing time.

““I thought Tim played real well,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He made I’d say six, seven real good saves for us and gave us a chance.”

Notes

*For the fifth time this season the Stars were unable to turn a three-game winning streak into a four-game winning streak.

*Carolina ran its points streak to five games (3-0-2).

*The Stars are 10-7-1 since the Olympic break.

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

*Carolina is now 9-31 (29.0 percent) on the power play and 22-23 (95.6 percent) on the penalty kill over the last nine games.

*The Stars outshot the Hurricanes 34-32. Dustin Jeffrey led the Stars with six shots on goal.

*The Stars won 27 of 59 faceoffs (46 percent). Jamie Benn won 6 of 10. Vernon Fiddler won 5 of 10. Cody Eakin won 7 of 17.

*The Stars are 12-15-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*Carolina is 10-13-5 vs. the Western Conference.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour
Ray WhitneyDustin JeffreyAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Patrik NemethSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Injured: Erik Cole (upper body), Aaron Rome (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

Scratched: Kevin Connauton

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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.25
 
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