- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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Here’s a look at some numbers for the Dallas Stars’ month of November, which ended with Monday’s 3-1 victory at Colorado.
The five-game losing streak stood out during the month, but the Stars started November 3-0-0 and ended it on a 3-1-1 run. So, when you add it all up they were 6-6-1 (.500) for the month. They were 3-2-1 at home and 3-4-0 on the road.
Despite being shut out three times in November, the Stars’ goal scoring was up over October (2.62 to 2.36). The Stars averaged 4.5 goals per game in their six wins, including 5.7 in the first three wins of the month.
The Stars allowed 3.15 goals per game, significantly more than the 2.09 per game they allowed in October. They gave up 6 goals twice in the month and five goals once.
After having a strong month in five-on-five play in October (19 for/14 against), they were outscored 28-22 in five-on-five situations in November. The losses to Florida and Detroit were not good for the five-on-five stat; they were outscored 11-1 at even strength in those two games.
The Stars were 6-18 (33.3%) on the power play in the first five games of the month and then 0-20 over the last eight games. That added up to 6-38 (15.8%).
The Stars penalty kill was 79.3% (46-58) for the month, but on the positive side the Stars were 16-17 on the PK over the last five games.
Over the first nine games of the month Stars’ opponents had a 47-26 advantage in the number of power plays. Over the last four games the Stars had the advantage 12-11. That added up to 38 power plays in the month for the Stars and 58 for their opponents. That was 1.5 power plays for Dallas opponents to every one for the Stars.
Stats odds & ends
*The Stars averaged 29.4 shots per game in November, up from 26.6 in October. They gave up 33 shots per game, basically the same as October.
*The Stars won 47.3 percent of their faceoffs in November, down from 50.5 percent in October.
*The team save percentage, which was 93.6 percent last month, was 90.4 percent this month.
*The Stars lost 28 man-games to injury in November and have lost 36 for the season, according to game notes provided by Stars PR.
*Benn led the Stars with 43 shots on goal. Sheldon Souray was next with 40.
*Stephane Robidas led the Stars in ice time during the month at 22:43 per game.
*Mike Ribeiro was tops among forwards at 19:14 per game.
*Of the 14 forwards who played in the month, only Krys Barch (6:48) averaged less than 9:00 of ice time per game.
*Steve Ott was the team’s best faceoff guy at 56.9 percent.
*Kari Lehtonen was 5-3-1 in November with a 2.92 goals against average and .903 save percentage.
*Andrew Raycroft was 1-3-0 during the month with a 3.33 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
Some key team statistics for the Dallas Stars during the month of November. Rankings are through Monday's games.