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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (55) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
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Dallas is tied for second-to-last in the league in goals against per game.
The Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes have allowed 3.29 goals against per match. Goaltending has been part of the issue this season. Kari Lehtonen and Jhonas Enroth will probably continue to alternate starts for the team's last 16 matches. Mar 9 - 2:10 PM

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The Dallas Stars were embarrassed with the way they played in the third period of Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Dallas entered the final frame with a 1-0, but they allowed six goals to take a 6-2 loss. "Our third period was embarrassing, that's pretty much it," captain Jamie Benn said. "Especially at this time of the year when you should be coming together as a group and digging deep and locking that thing down." After a pair of costly losses, the Stars are slipping from the playoff picture.
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM

Dallas wants to improve defensively during the second half of the season.

"We need to continue to improve the defending part. Our shots-for have been going up, and our shots-against have really been going down. That needs to continue," coach Lindy Ruff said. "If we play this type of hockey, we're going to win more than we lose. We're going in the right direction." The Stars rank 28th in save percentage (.895) and 27th in goals against average (3.26), but that isn't just a goaltending concern. Dallas has been better during an 11-5-2 run and Ruff wants that to continue.
Jan 26 - 1:10 PM

Dallas Stars' GM Jim Nill believes his team bought into their own hype this season.

Many picked Dallas to be one of the top teams in the league because of their acquisitions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, but it hasn't been a smooth year for the team. "I think we bought into our own hype, and probably wanted to do it a little bit the easy way with scoring," Nill said. "And then that created a situation where we were swimming upstream and trying to do too much." The Stars could still make the playoffs with a big second-half of the season. They trail Calgary by just four points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Jan 25 - 9:40 AM

Stars' head coach Lindy Ruff wants better goaltending and more effort on special teams.

"There are a couple of areas that have to come up for us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our goaltending is going to have to come up bigger for us, and our special teams are going to have to move in the right direction." Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen has had a disappointing season for the Stars, and it seems like Dallas rarely gets good starts from their backups. The Stars have the 23rd best power play in the league at 15.3% and their penalty kill ranks 20th at 79.6%.
Jan 11 - 11:58 AM

Dallas wants to generate more shots on the power play.

The Stars have 106 shots on 106 power-play attempts. Last season, the club was fourth in the league in power-play shots with 463 over 290 opportunities. "That's something that we've recently tried to fix, and we've gotten better, a lot better," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a good power play early, but it was a one-shot power play — the 'perfect' shot. Now, we're doing a better job of getting pucks to the front and getting some second opportunities." Dallas currently ranks 24th in the league in power-play efficiency this season.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Lindy Ruff was not impressed with his team's effort in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado.

"I thought we were embarrassed tonight," Ruff said. "What we did with the puck tonight, and how many turnovers we had, that was pathetic." The Stars have now lost two games in a row and are 3-4-1 in their last eight games.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Dallas will begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday versus Carolina.

"This will be the biggest point in the season come Tuesday," coach Lindy Ruff said after 6-2 loss Sunday to Chicago. "We've got to make a stand." The Stars own the second-worst home record in the league (1-4-4). The team has been falling apart during the third period and in close games, which aren't positive signs. Dallas has the talent to be a threat in the Central Division, but they've been largely disappointing so far in 2014-15.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff wants to cut down on the amount of shots that the Stars allow per game.

The club ranks 26th in the league in average shots against per game (34.3). Dallas is trying to break in some youngsters on the back end, with Kevin Connauton and Jamie Oleksiak. Jyrki Jokipakka is also expected to get a chance to play at some point. Obviously, the forwards have to do their jobs defensively as well, but the defense of the Stars has been on the hot seat since the start of training camp.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Dallas Stars' head coach Lindy Ruff thought his team played "stupid, garbage" hockey in Dallas' 6-5 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

"We played stupid hockey, lack of focus," Ruff said. "You play like that, you deserve to lose." The Stars had a 4-2 lead heading into the third period, before losing the game in overtime. Ruff was clearly frustrated by the team's lack of defensive awareness and rightfully so. The Stars have plenty of skill, but they will have to be better in their own end if they want to be considered elite.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Rival general managers are looking to the Dallas Stars as a strong team going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's no surprise to anyone in the Western Conference that watched Jim Nill and his staff quietly weave his magic in Detroit ... that the same culture of excellence is evolving quickly in Dallas through solid drafting and astute trades and FA signings," one Western Conference GM said. "Another contender in the West." An Eastern Conference GM separately predicted Dallas is "ready to take a leap in with the big boys." Stars GM Nill acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and signed Ales Hemsky over the summer.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 08:42:00 AM

The Dallas Stars are comfortable heading into training camp with the group they have.

Stars GM Jim Nill said Monday morning that the team did not invite Raphael Diaz to training camp even though they could probably use some right-handed defenders. "They've worked hard and they deserve the opportunity," Nill said. "Why wouldn't we go with our own guys, they've earned it. We have six (exhibition) games, and we want to use them wisely. We have a lot of decisions to make." After Dallas signs Brenden Dillon, the club will have six blueliners on one-way deals.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:08:00 PM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff doesn't mind the use of advanced stats, but it won't stop him from reacting to what he sees during games based on his years of experience.

"I like looking at those numbers. I like looking at scoring chances. I like looking at our entries and the other team's entries," said Ruff. "There are a lot of things you look at after the game on the video to confirm what you've seen. But I also know that when I'm watching a game, I know a player's last five shifts and I know what he's been doing and I can assess quickly how I want to use him. Information is always good _ accurate information _ but I also know that watching the game and reacting to what's going on, it's tough to react in a timely manner and use information at a time when you might need it most. I think you have to have a combination of preparation with the information and then the ability to react during a game." Several NHL teams have talked openly about the use of analytics this off-season and its value to player assessment.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Count Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill among those that have embraced analytics.

The Stars evaluate go over each of their games using Corsi and a number of other statistics. "If it's a number you get out of right field, I think it's great for analyzing that," Nill said. "Why such a difference? If the numbers are closer, now you've got more of a comfort level to say, 'OK, yes. There's something here. We made this decision as a staff and the numbers back it up.' It's a lot easier to make a decision then." Nill feels that advanced statistics have room for improvement, but he also acknowledged that they've already progressed immensely compared to where they were 10 years ago.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is hoping to see solutions to the team's defense come from within the organization.

"I'm excited about our defense," Nill said. "We've got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we've got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we're going to be just fine." Nill chose instead to put his energy into bolstering the team offensively by trading for Jason Spezza and signing Ales Hemsky.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Antoine Roussel
3Shawn Horcoff
4Curtis McKenzie
5Travis Moen
6Brendan Ranford
RW1Ales Hemsky
2Ryan Garbutt
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
5Rich Peverley
6Brett Ritchie
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3John Klingberg
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Jhonas Enroth