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Thursday, January 26, 2012
January by the numbers

By Mark Stepneski

January wasn’t a good month for the Stars. They won only four of eleven games and lost ground in the race for a playoff spot. Here are a few statistical notes.

*The Stars were 4-6-1 in January and lost three points in the race for the final playoff spot. They started the month holding down 8th place and ended the month in 10th place, three points back.

*For the most part, the Stars were middle of the pack or better statistically. They allowed 2.55 goals against per game in January, ranking 14th in the league. They were 13th in shots against at 28.3 per game. They were tied for 15th in team save percentage at 91.0 percent. The penalty kill ranked 11th at 85.3 percent.

*Offensively, it was another story. The Stars scored 2.27 goals per game in January, ranking 19th in the league for the month.  Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro being out for extended time played a role in that. The power play ranked 30th in the league at 6.9 percent.

*The Stars were outscored 22-21 in five-on-five play during the month.

*The Stars lost 32 man-games to injury during the month, and have now lost 110 for the season.

Player notes

*Despite missing extended time during the month, Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn were tied with Loui Eriksson for the team lead with four goals in January.

*Eriksson led the team with nine assists and 13 points.

*Eriksson, Ribeiro and Trevor Daley were tops with plus-five ratings.

*Radek Dvorak had a team-low minus-seven rating. He was followed by Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler, who were both a minus-five.

*Alex Goligoski was tops in average ice time at 23:10.

*Steve Ott was the team’s best faceoff guy, winning  73 of 119 draws (61.3%).

*Kari Lehtonen was 3-6-0 with a 2.66 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

*Richard Bachman was 1-0-1 with a 1.66 goals against average and .938 save percentage.