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Monday, February 22, 2010
Stars progress report: Power Play

By Richard Durrett

We continue our reports with the power play. As has been the case with this series, Mark Stepneski at Andrew's Stars Page and Brandon Worley at Defending Big D have added their thoughts.

Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro was missed on the power play when a throat injury sidelined him for 15 games.
Trend: Average

The Stars are in the middle of the pack when it comes to power play percentage at 18.3, good enough for 14th in the league. But they are certainly trending upward if you look at the other stats. The Stars are sixth in the league in power play opportunities and ninth in power play goals.

What does that mean? Well, the Stars are in position to get even better on the power play. They are drawing penalties and scoring goals. Now they just need to take more advantage of those penalties.

Getting Mike Ribeiro back should help that unit. Brad Richards and Stephane Robidas each have seven power play goals and Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson have six. Mike Modano is still a solid player on the half-wall and Steve Ott has shown an ability to wreak havoc in front of the net. Benn is also getting more power play time lately as he finds the net with more regularity.

Andrew's Stars Page thoughts: The Stars are middle of the pack in power play percentage, but top ten in goals scored. Brad Richards, who has been excellent playing the point on it, is tied for fourth in power play points and Stephane Robidas is tied for first among NHL defenseman in power play goals. They missed Mike Ribeiro on the second unit when he was out or the team numbers would probably be better. The power play could be better, but it's been pretty good and won them some games. Trend: Up

Defending Big D's thoughts: Better than last year, but still not as high as you’d think it would be with Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro on the team. A lack of a true blueline presence (aside from Robidas) does not help much. Trend: Average

Here are the other progress reports: forwards, defensemen and goaltending.