Postgame notes

November, 19, 2011
11/19/11
12:57
AM CT
Here are some notes after the Dallas Stars lost 3-0 to the Colorado Avalanche Friday night.

The streak hits four: The Stars have now lost four straight games and have been outscored 17-3 during the slide, including 12-0 over the last seven periods. They’ve been outshot 147-96 in the four games. That averages out to 24 shots for per game to 36.8 shots against.

Scoring woes: The Stars haven’t scored in the last two games and haven’t tallied since the second period of last Saturday’s 5-2 loss against Detroit. The scoreless streak is 147:49.

Power play count: The Stars had one power play in Friday’s game, giving them a total of seven chances over the last four games. Not many chances to draw calls when the other team has the puck a lot of the time, and that’s been the case these last four games.

The impact of Loui: Switching Loui Eriksson to a line with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro definitely had an impact. That trio had some good moments in the game.

“He have them some zone time today, I thought,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “They created a little bit. At the end of the day you need results, too. I thought that was better.”

Ott returns: Steve Ott was back in the lineup after missing six games with a hip pointer. He played on a line with Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder. Ott ended up playing 18:44 and tied for the team lead with four shots on goal.

“It was an OK game for Otter,” Gulutzan said. “He hasn’t played for a while and he’ll get better as it goes along.”

Fistric dinged up: Stars defenseman Mark Fistric was shaken up in the second period of the game when he was hit near the penalty box area and the impact knocked the door open. Fistric returned to finish the game, but Gulutzan said the Stars will see how he feels in the morning.

“We think he’s [OK],” Gulutzan said. “I think he’ll be a little sore in the morning and we’ll re-evaluate then.”

Goaltender decision: Gulutzan wouldn’t give a definitive decision on Saturday’s starting goaltender, but he was still leaning towards going with Andrew Raycroft against the San Jose Sharks.

“We’re going to talk about it tonight, but I am pretty sure Razor is going to get the call tomorrow night,” Gulutzan said. “I thought by far Kari (Lehtonen) was our best player again. We need guys to step up with Goose (Alex Goligoski) out and Bur (Adam Burish) out. We need guys to step up their games. We’re just not there.”

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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