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Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (56) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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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. May 5 - 8:04 PM

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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.
May 4 - 6:26 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."
Apr 17 - 10:31 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.
Apr 10 - 11:25 AM

Dallas has allowed a league-leading 15 shorthanded goals against this season.

Anaheim scored twice on the penalty kill in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Stars. John Klingberg gifted Nate Thompson with the puck and a giveaway by Patrick Sharp led to a goal by Ryan Kesler. "It's about making the right decision," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I have to take some of the hit, because I make the decision to have four forwards out there. I could totally take it away by putting two defensemen out there, but I think our power play numbers go down when I do that. We just have move forward and fix it." Dallas ranks fifth in the league in power-play proficiency at 21.7 percent.
Apr 4 - 1:34 PM

Lindy Ruff tied Ron Wilson for fifth all-time in games coached on Thursday.

Ruff moved passed Pat Quinn and he's now even with Wilson at 1401 games coached. Obviously, Ruff will have no problem passing Wilson. He'll do so on Saturday night. The Stars coach has a 693-515-192 record in his 18-year coaching career.
Source: The Score
Mar 17 - 9:50 PM

According to Columnist Rick Gosselin, he expects Stars GM Jim Nill "will bring in a veteran defenseman."

And for good reason, as Gosselin points out, the Stars are 2-12 when they've scored two or fewer goals. Five such games have come this month. To wit, Tyler Seguin has just three points in 10 games this month and just six points in 14 losses. That's simply not going to cut it, especially in the often low-scoring playoffs. Nill will have $10.55M in cap space at the deadline, so it'll be up to him to press the right buttons.
Jan 24 - 8:38 PM

The Dallas Stars have handed general manager Jim Nill a five-year extension.

Nill has played a big role in the revival of the Dallas Stars by bringing in key players like Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, and Jason Spezza. Dallas has a comfortable lead in the Western Conference lead with a 29-10-4 record. "In just over two years, Jim has helped instill a culture of excellence within our organization and extending that partnership to 2022-23 is vital for the direction of the hockey club," said Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. "From the day he stepped into this role, he has displayed tremendous decision-making in the re-tooling of our group and we're excited to build upon the foundation that has been laid. We feel he is one of the best general managers in our League and we are thrilled he is so committed to us."
Jan 8 - 11:46 AM

After their OT loss to the Devils on Saturday, the Stars become the first team to hit the 60-point mark this season.

"In the end, it’s a good point," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought Jersey played a heck of a game. They played a smart game, and I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. We made a good push to get back in it. At the end, you have to find ways to get points, and we found a point." The Stars are one of the elite teams in the NHL this season, and they're fun to watch.
Jan 3 - 11:08 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:54:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:31:00 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."
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:35:00 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.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 09:23:00 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.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:58:00 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."
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 09:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Radek Faksa
6Justin Dowling
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Mattias Janmark
5Travis Moen
6Curtis McKenzie
7Brendan Ranford
8Jason Dickinson
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
5Brett Ritchie
D1John Klingberg
2Alex Goligoski
3Jason Demers
4Kris Russell
5Stephen Johns
6Johnny Oduya
7Jordie Benn
8Julius Honka
9Patrik Nemeth
10Jamie Oleksiak
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi
3Jack Campbell