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Stars-Blues Notes

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 1:32 AM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blues Notes
Stars defenseman Trevor Daley has 20 stitches in his swollen cheek after getting hit in the face with a puck in Wednesday\u2019s game against St. Louis. That made smiling hard, but Daley was beaming after the Stars clinched a playoff spot with Friday\u2019s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley has 20 stitches in his swollen cheek after getting hit in the face with a puck in Wednesday’s game against Columbus. That made smiling hard, but Daley was beaming after the Stars clinched a playoff spot with Friday’s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

“I’m having trouble smiling and I just can’t stop smiling right now,” Daley said. “We’ve got a fun group in here. We’ve got a special group in here. We’ve got a mix of old, young. And I think everybody got a chance to step up and play tonight and be a big part of this. So it was good.”

Daley is the only player left from the last Stars team to make the playoffs, which was the 2007-08 squad.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2007, when he was an Atlanta Thrasher. This will be his first trip with the Dallas Stars.

“I am getting older and it is nice to get there,” Lehtonen said. “It’s just exciting and I don’t know how else to put it right row.”

And this will be the first trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs for Stars captain Jamie Benn.

“It means a lot, every kid dreams of playing in the playoffs and trying to win the Stanley Cup,” Benn said. “I believe we have a great group this year that can do some damage. We earned it tonight and we’ll finish that game in Phoenix and move on to Game One.”

Dillon day to day with lower body injury

Stars defensemen Brenden Dillon left Friday’s game early in the second period with a lower body injury and did not return. Stars coach Lindy Ruff did not have much of an update after the game.

“Right now he is day to day with a lower body injury,” Ruff said.

Notes

*With Friday’s 3-0 win over St. Louis, the Stars clinched the second wild card spot in the Western Conference Playoffs.

*The Stars are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.

*The Stars outshot the Ducks 40-22. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with 11 shots on goal. Jamie Benn had six shots on goal.

*The Stars were 1-5 on the power play and were 2-2 on the penalty kill.

*Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and 27th of his career.

*Trevor Daley led the Stars with 28:31 of ice time in the game.

*The Stars were 3-1-1 against the Blues this season.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour
Erik ColeDustin JeffreyAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Patrik Nemeth
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Aaron Rome

Injured: Ray Whitney (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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