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Lindy Ruff | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (57) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
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Dallas has struggled against their own division this year.
The Stars have a 8-14-4 record against Central Division foes in 2016-17 following a 3-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. That puts them ahead of just the lowly Colorado Avalanche in the division. Feb 17 - 9:46 AM

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Dallas' penalty kill dropped to 30th overall after allowing two goals to Buffalo on Monday.

The Stars have a 74.3 penalty kill percentage, which ranks them just below the Sabres (74.4 percent). Dallas has allowed a league high 39 power-play goals against this season.
Jan 17 - 11:29 AM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff shuffled his forward lines Saturday night against the Flyers.

Jamie Benn skated with Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie, while Tyler Seguin played alongside Antoine Roussel and Patrick Eaves for much of the contest. Jason Spezza centered Lauri Korpikowski and Jiri Hudler. We're pretty sure this was just a temporary alignment, but you never know.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:34:00 AM

Dallas has been surrendering plenty of chances to opposing penalty kills this season and that has to change.

Dallas is tied for most shorthanded goals against at two, most shorthanded shots against at 12 and leads in most shorthanded shot attempts against at 21 over 34 power play opportunities. "We're trying to utilize two units, so it's a work in progress. When it comes to having an extra forward, sometimes it comes to using that off-hand shot, and we have good options there," coach Lindy Ruff referring to players like Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. "They need better attention to detail, or there will be two defensemen on the ice at all times. They know their responsibility."
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:34:00 AM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff wants his players to change their approaches.

He feels the Stars need to alter what they are doing structurally as well as a philosophically. Dallas has averaged 28.3 shots in the first three games of the year and Ruff wants to see them driving harder towards the net.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 12:45:00 PM

The Dallas Stars have promoted Less Jackson, Mark Janko and Scott White.

Jackson was serving as Jim Nill's assistant GM and been elevated to senior advisor to the general manager. Scott White was the general manager of Dallas' AHL affiliate in Texas and he's now been promoted to assistant GM. Janko also becomes assistant general manager. He was previously the director of hockey administration.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 12:39:00 PM

The trade of Alex Goligoski to Arizona will give the Stars the chance to inject some youth on their blueline.

Look for Esa Lindell, who is a star in the making after a strong AHL season, to make his mark in 2016-17. Others who may be given opportunities to grab a roster spot and play alongside rearguard anchors John Klingberg and Johnny Oduya are: Stephen Johns, Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak. It will certainly be a season of chance on the Dallas blueline.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 10:31:00 AM

The Dallas Stars will have five players competing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament set to begin September 17th.

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will skate for Canada, while Esa Lindell will skate for Finland. Ales Hemsky and Radek Faska will play for the Czech Republic.
Sat, May 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Jim Nill is one of the three finalists for the GM of the Year Award.

During Nill's tenure, Dallas has made several major trades, including the acquisitions of Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, and Patrick Sharp. Those three were major pieces of the Stars' puzzle in 2015-16 as the squad posted a 50-23-9 record.
Wed, May 18, 2016 07:41:00 PM

The Dallas Stars will get to keep their first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft after failing to make the Western Conference Final.

The Stars sent a conditional second-round pick along with Jyrki Jokipakka and Brett Pollock to Calgary in exchange for defenseman Kris Russell at the trade deadline. If they made it to the West Final then the pick would have become a first rounder for the Flames. Russell can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Thu, May 12, 2016 08:08:00 AM

The Dallas Stars had plenty of scoring chances in their Game 5 loss to the Blues, but they couldn't finish.

"If you look at the opportunities we had, we've got to cash in," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We hit a crossbar and missed a couple point blank. When you get chances to execute and turn the game, it's your chance to put the game in your favor, and we didn't." In Dallas' defense, they did run into Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who was fantastic. The Stars will need to win Game 6 or they'll be eliminated.
Sun, May 8, 2016 10:21:00 AM

Lindy Ruff is one of three coaches to be selected as a Jack Adams Award finalist.

The trophy is given to the coach who contributed the most to his team's success in the regular season. Ruff guided the Stars to Central Division and Western Conference crowns in 2015-16. This was Dallas' first division title since '05-06 and their first conference title since '02-03. The Stars finished the year with a 50-23-9 record and also scored the most goals (265) in 2015-16. Ruff won the Jack Adams Award back in 2005-06 when he was coaching the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, May 5, 2016 08:04:00 PM

Coach Lindy Ruff thinks the kiss that St. Louis forward Ryan Reaves blew at the Stars bench in Game 3 could serve as motivation.

"I think the players note that, yeah I think they do," he said. "Our guys were embarrassed last night, and that's stuff you take to heart. That's stuff you use. We're a proud team." The Blues won Tuesday's contest by a 6-1 score and lead the series 2-1.
Wed, May 4, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Lindy Ruff is happy with his team's defensive effort in the first two games of the playoffs.

The Stars came into this season trying to improve their defensive play, and that strategy has paid off in the playoffs. Dallas has given up just one goal in the first two games of their series against Minnesota. "I think we are playing our smartest hockey away from the puck," Ruff said. "We've realized down the stretch here that it's important to play both ways, it's important to win games 2-1. We've come a long way as a group in playing the game the right way."
Sun, Apr 17, 2016 10:31:00 AM

Stars coach Lindy Ruff was proud of his team's body of work this season.

The Stars finished first in the West after few people picked them to be in that position before the season started. "It's a tremendous accomplishment," Ruff said of finishing first. "There weren't a lot of people that picked us to be there. To be honest, I didn't think we could get there ourselves ... but as the year went on, I thought we had a chance." The Stars will host the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 on Thursday.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 11:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Radek Faksa
5Devin Shore
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Mattias Janmark
RW1Brett Ritchie
2Lauri Korpikoski
3Jiri Hudler
4Curtis McKenzie
5Ales Hemsky
D1John Klingberg
2Dan Hamhuis
3Jordie Benn
4Esa Lindell
5Johnny Oduya
6Stephen Johns
7Jamie Oleksiak
G1Antti Niemi
2Kari Lehtonen