Sunday, October 23, 2011
By Mark Stepneski
Here are a few Dallas Stars notes concerning the power play, shot differential and five-on-five play.
*Saturday’s game in Los Angeles was a first in one category for the Stars this season. It was the first time they’ve have more power plays their opponents in a game. Still, they had only two opportunities with the man advantage Saturday.
The Stars have had just five power play chances in the last three games and getting more PP chances obviously is a goal.
“We’ve got to start generating,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said heading into Saturday’s game. “We’ve still got to get puck pucks at net because when you put pucks at net you get traffic at net and then you get other teams taking penalties because they are reacting. I think if we keep playing this East-West style, which we are getting away from a little bit, then you don’t draw a lot of penalties. Penalties are in the offensive zone, usually. We haven’t had enough time there to generate penalties. We’ve got to pucks on the net, make their D react, make their D defend from behind where they have to reach. We have to be more direct.”
*The Stars have had 28 power plays for the season and their opponents have had 39. That’s been a factor in the team’s shot differential. The Stars are being outshot 32.9 to 25.1 per game this season, but if you break down the shots by situation and look at even-strength play. In that situation the Stars are being outshot by just a 24.1 to 20.9 margin per game. On special teams they are being outshot 8.8 to 4.2 per game. (See the table below).
*The Stars have done well five-on-five so far this season. They have outscored their opponents 13-9 with both teams playing at full strength.
“Five-on-five play we’ve liked,” Gulutzan said.
The Stars’ 1.44 five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio currently ranks fourth in the league.