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Lindy Ruff | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (54) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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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. Aug 4 - 11:29 AM

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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.
Jul 31 - 9:54 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.
Jul 6 - 9:16 AM

The Dallas Stars loaded up on defensemen in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Stars took seven blueliners with their nine picks. Director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell downplayed that fact by claiming it was just how the draft played out. "We wanted the best player every pick and it just happened to work out that it happened to be a defenseman," McDonnell said. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't mind it though, arguing that teams can never have enough defensemen in their organization.
Jun 29 - 10:27 AM

The Dallas Stars did attempt to add a big-name center, but couldn't find one that wanted to play for them on the trade market.

Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza weren't interested in waiving their no-trade clauses to play for Dallas. In the case of Thornton, it sounds like he simply won't accept a trade at all. If the Stars are committed to adding a center, they might pursue Paul Stastny once he hits the free agent market.
Jun 29 - 10:24 AM

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill believes that the AHL Texas Stars' success will eventually carry over to the NHL club.

The Texas Stars have a 2-1 series edge in the Calder Cup Final and posting the best record in the Western Conference for the second straight season. "You have to build through the draft and grow your players, so you have to have the organizational structure to do that," Nill said. "Having been close in Detroit, I know how much location matters. These players need to know you're watching. They need to know you're watching when they do good things; they need to know you're watching when they do bad things." Nill added that winning is contagious. We'll see if the Dallas Stars catch it.
Jun 15 - 10:04 AM

The Stars off-season priority may be to acquire a number one defenseman capable of playing 25 minutes and anchoring the team's power play.

Dallas also would like a second-line center but the defenseman may be a more pressing need. It will be interesting to see who the Stars target as number one rearguards hardly grown on trees. Stay tuned.
May 31 - 12:04 PM

It sounds like Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a center over the summer.

"I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle," Nill said. "That’s something we've talked about over and over again." There are some options if Nill is looking to add a center. For example, he could pursue Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on the trade market or make a bid for Paul Stastny if he doesn't re-sign with Colorado.
May 25 - 6:40 AM

The Dallas Stars would like to add a "true" No. 1 defenseman.

"Moving forward, it would be great to have a No. 1 or No. 2 defenseman, but there are 25 other teams that want the same thing," GM Jim Nill said. "That's probably something we'll have to draft and develop. It's hard to find a true No. 1 defenseman." The Stars want to be a harder team to play against and adding a player of that ilk would certainly help lower their goals against.
May 1 - 12:06 PM

Coach Lindy Ruff called Dallas' 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim in Game 6 "a cruel lesson."

"It's a cruel lesson, but it gives us a platform to build off of," Ruff said. "There was so much good in that game. The battle and the compete from this team has been unbelievable. I'm proud of the way they played, they played hard, they played really hard." The Stars blew a two-goal lead in the final 2:10 of regulation and lost in overtime to get eliminated from the playoffs. However, captain Jamie Benn was also pleased with what his teammates accomplished. "It happened so fast, it's a bit of a shock but I'm proud of our guys," he said. "We battled hard all year. We battled to get into the playoffs. I thought we played a pretty good series against a pretty good team."
Apr 28 - 11:43 AM

Stars coach Lindy Ruff isn't worried about his team as they get ready for a must-win game on Sunday.

Dallas is down 3-2 in its series against against Anaheim. "I think this team, when they've faced adversity, they've answered the call," Ruff said. "I'm positive that they'll answer that call again." The Stars previously rallied back from a 2-0 series deficit, but they also fell hard in the third period of Anaheim's 6-2 win in Game 5.
Apr 27 - 9:36 AM

Dallas will look to get back into their first-round series against Anaheim when they play on home ice Monday night.

The Stars posted a 23-11-7 record at home during the regular season compared to a mark of 17-20-4 on the road. Dallas also outscored the opposition by 0.71 goals per game at home and were outscored by 0.51 on the road. "I get the matchups I want, which is advantageous," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think sometimes on the road, I've tried to change the secondary lines around, but at home, I get them in a better position." The Ducks lead the series 2-0, but the Stars can make it interesting if they can gain some momentum from playing at home.
Apr 21 - 12:38 PM

Stars coach Lindy Ruff is upbeat two games into their series against Anaheim.

"The feeling right now is we could be 1-1, we could be 2-0, but we're 0-2," Ruff said. "We have to clean up a couple of mistakes, but I thought our second game was a lot better than the first, but we didn't take advantage of a couple of key opportunities and made a couple of big mistakes that turned the tide on us." The good news for the Stars is that the series is heading to Dallas for Game 3. The Stars still need to eventually win a game in Anaheim, but as long as they're effective at home, they should get another opportunity at the Honda Center.
Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

Dallas has been struggling mightily with the man advantage.

The Stars concluded their five-game road trip 1-for-22 on the power play after they got one on six opportunities during Sunday's loss to Florida. "I think after we changed and we put Jamie [Benn] around the front and put two D out there, we spent most of the time in their zone," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a lot of good luck, couple of redirections. It looked like a power play again." Dallas owns the 25th ranked power play in the league at 15.5 percent.
Apr 7 - 12:31 PM

The game between the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets has been postponed.

The game was postponed 35 minutes after the Stars' Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench six-and-a-half minutes into the first period. Peverley has had a heart condition in the past with the good news being that he is now conscious. The Blue Jackets were leading 1-0 and the game will be picked up at this point when the NHL decides to reschedule it.
Mar 10 - 9:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Travis Morin
LW1Jamie Benn
2Erik Cole
3Antoine Roussel
4Shawn Horcoff
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Sergei Gonchar
4Brenden Dillon
5Jordie Benn
6Kevin Connauton
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Anders Lindback