Some notes following the Stars’ 6-0 loss to Florida at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.
Under siege: The shots on goal were 30-25 in favor of Florida, but I am not sure that’s representative of how tilted the ice was in this game. Shots towards the net – which includes shot on goal, ones that miss that net and one that are blocked – were 37-7 in favor of Florida after the first period. It was 59-19 advantage Florida after two periods. At the end of night it was 72-40.
Bag skate?: So, will the Stars be in for a grueling practice in Frisco on Wednesday following Tuesday’s dismal performance. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said no.
“My thought process isn’t to crack the whip tomorrow,” Gulutzan said. “If you as a pro player, with lots of character in that room, can’t whip yourself a little bit after that performance, then we’ve got bigger problems, and I don’t think we have those. So, let’s just get back at it. We’ve had a day planned tomorrow that we’ve had planned for five days. We’re not going to deviate from it because of one performance. We’re going to try to get better. We wanted to do some things that would make us systematically better. We want to do those things tomorrow.
“If the trend continues that’s a resort, but it’s always probably your last resort. You see lots of teams bag skating teams and I haven’t seen them snap out of it right away.”
Second thoughts on Kari: Gulutzan said one thing he would have done differently in the game was pull goaltender Kari Lehtonen after the second period. And it had nothing to do with the way Lehtonen was playing.
“The first thing after a loss like this you self-evaluate yourself,” Gulutzan said. “If I had a rewind I probably would have taken Kari out after the second. We hung him out to dry twice tonight, our players did, and maybe we did leaving him in too long. He’s a battler, and he comes in mad at himself after second period, when we hung him out to dry. We let him down completely.”
That five-on-five play: The Stars have been outscored 11-1 in five-on-five play over the last two games. The Stars, who were leading the league in five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio last week, now rank 17th. They have scored 30 five-on-five goals this season and have allowed 30 five-on-five goals.
A big plus for Weiss: It was a big night for Florida’s Stephen Weiss. He had a goal, two assists and a plus-six rating. The plus-six matched the Florida franchise mark, which was set in 1997. Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell was a plus-five.
Mixed bag on special teams: One positive for the Stars Tuesday was the penalty kill. It was 4-4 against a pretty good Florida power play and is now 8-8 over the last two games. The power play was 0-2. The Stars have drawn just two power plays in each of the last three games.