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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (55) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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The Dallas Stars have set a franchise high through their first 20 games.
Dallas is 16-4-0, which puts the club in a tie for first place in the league with Montreal at 32 points. However, the Stars have the edge there as they've played in one less contest. The Stars went into this season with a lot of promise, but also facing a lot of skepticism. There was never any question that they had a stacked offense, but people weren't sure if their defense would measure up or if their execution would be an issue, as it was last season. So far though Dallas has played like the best version of themselves and obviously the key now is to maintain that. Nov 21 - 10:54 AM

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Dallas has the second-best power play in the NHL this year.

The Stars changed up how they enter the zone on the man advantage and it has helped them generate better chances because they spend more time with the puck in the attacking end. "We wanted to come up with four or five entries," Ruff said. "If we give them a different look, whether it's a single drop, a double drop, or whether we just use our slash play, it can keep them guessing. And I think both units have done a good job with it." Defeneseman John Klingberg is tied for the league lead with 10 points on the power play.
Nov 17 - 11:31 AM

Lindy Ruff hasn't been shy about shaking up his lines this season.

It might seem odd for a head coach to keep mixing up his lines, but it's working for the Stars, who are now 11-3-0 this season. "I've been trying to get into a situation where if something isn't working, we're not going to stay with it," Ruff said. "It's so hard to score, so I'm trying to create a little bit of motivation by moving people in and around. I want to go with the guys that I feel that are going the best in the game, even if I have to put them at the wing."
Nov 8 - 10:35 AM

Coach Lindy Ruff still isn't sure what the game split will be this season between goaltenders Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.

"We went into this not knowing how exactly it was going to work, and I still don't know how exactly it is going to work," Ruff said. "Right now, it's unfolding well. I can only hope I can keep both guys active and both guys playing well, because when you can bring another guy in when the schedule gets busy, that's a great tool for you to have." The goalie swapping has been working so far, as Dallas has a 2.33 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage after six games. Both netminders have started three games apiece going into Thursday's action.
Oct 22 - 9:23 AM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff was disappointed with his team's effort after a 4-1 exhibition loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night.

"We didn't compete hard enough," he said. "I thought some guys did, but they won the puck battles, we threw some pucks away and I thought our power play played pond hockey. That was frustrating." The lineup included veterans Jamie Benn, Alex Hemsky, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and the defense group who is expected to play on opening night against Pittsburgh. Dallas has been porous defensively during the preseason and the goaltending of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen hasn't bailed them out.
Sep 30 - 10:58 AM

Stars General Manager Jim Nill believes that a two goalie system can work for Dallas.

The Stars have both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi under contract and it appears as though both players will share the workload this season. "We've got two No. 1 goalies. If there's an injury or one of them is struggling, we've got time to get it corrected," general manager Jim Nill said. "We know when we go into a back-to-back situation, we have a fresh goalie that will be able to come in and win a game for us. Kari went into a lot of games last year knowing he had to play even though he was tired, hurt or whatever. He knows now that he has a comfort level."
Sep 20 - 9:47 AM

The Dallas Stars spent July 1 focused on re-signing their own players.

Patrick Eaves and Curtis McKenzie both agreed to relatively inexperience extensions with the Stars while other squads were handing out big contracts. "We like what we have and we want to keep moving in that direction," said GM Jim Nill. "We're still open to trades or making changes, but we also want to make sure we stay consistent and build from within." It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars' big addition this summer proves to be Antti Niemi. The team does have cap space left, but it will have some big free agents to deal with over the next couple of years, including Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn.
Jul 2 - 10:20 AM

Don't be surprised if the Dallas Stars are quiet on July 1.

"I don’t see July 1st being a big day for us," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "We're going to be there and see where the market goes, but from analyzing things and looking at it, I don’t think there’s something there that will be fit for us to start with. Maybe later on we’ll see what happens." Nill has already made a big splash by acquiring the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi and then signing the veteran goaltender.
Jul 1 - 9:03 AM

Jeff Reese has been hired as the goaltending coach of the Dallas Stars.

Mike Valley will remain with the organization and serve as the Director of Goaltending Development. Reese will join coach Lindy Ruff's staff for the 2015-16 campaign along with assistant Curt Fraser and James Patrick as well as video coach Kelly Forbes. He has spent the last six seasons as the goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and will be tasked with getting Kari Lehtonen back on track.
Jun 15 - 3:18 PM

Renowned play-by-play man Dave Strader will take his talents Dallas and call the Stars broadcast.

Strader, now 60 years old, has been calling NHL games since 1985 when he spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL play-by-play career with the Detroit Red Wings. Since then, he's called games for the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, as well as international broadcasts for VERSUS, NBC, ESPN, ABC, and the Winter Olympics. And that's just for NHL hockey. "We are absolutely thrilled to have Dave joining the Stars broadcast team," Stars CEO Jim Lites said. "His broadcasting resume and experience speak for themselves, and we are excited to have him call Stars games for years to come." Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will join Strader as his color analyst, and it will be Reaugh's 20th season for the Stars.
Jun 12 - 7:51 PM

It appears that Jeff Reese will join the Dallas Stars as their new Goalie Coach.

Now former-Stars Goalie Coach Mike Valley will have a new roll as Director of Goaltending, which is curious considering how poorly Dallas' goaltending has been. Either way, Reese comes in with a loaded resume. Still just 48 years old, he has a dozen seasons of experience on the bench at the NHL level. Reese originally joined Tampa's bench as a Goalie Coach in 2001-02, but spent the following five seasons as an assistant. Including winning the Cup in 2004. Reese then spent 2009-15 as the Flyers Goalie Coach before mutually agreeing to part ways in March. He's also credited with having a large roll in Steve Mason's recovery, which is potentially great news for Kari Lehtonen.
Jun 11 - 8:20 PM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Galardi doesn't believe his team needs to lang a big free-agent this summer.

"I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be," Galardi told the Dallas Morning News. "I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you’re going to pay too much or give too much term to get a free agent. I think it’s more likely that we would be more involved in trade talk to tinker with the makeup of our team. But I’m not uncomfortable starting next season with pretty much what we ended this season with."
Apr 19 - 9:55 AM

Stars general manager Jim Nill will be Canada’s GM for the 2015 World Championship, according to HNIC's Elliotte Friedman.

The tournament will be played in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, from May 1-17, 2015. Canada has fallen in the quarterfinals for five years in a row.
Apr 4 - 9:03 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Mattias Janmark
5Travis Moen
6Curtis McKenzie
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
5Brett Ritchie
D1Alex Goligoski
2John Klingberg
3Johnny Oduya
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Jamie Oleksiak
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi