- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars have put together a nice 5-0-1 run over their last six games. Here some statistical tidbits on the run.
*Excluding the goals awarded for a shootout win, the Stars have outscored their opposition 19-8 during the six games for an average margin of 3.17 to 1.33 per game.
*The Stars have scored three goals in five of the six games and four in the other game.
*The Stars have allowed one goal or fewer in four of the six games.
*The Stars have outscored the opposition 17-7 during five-on-five play over the six games.
*The Stars have allowed just one power play goal during the six games, going 17-18 (94.4%) on the penalty kill.
*The Stars' top line of Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder has scored 10 of the team’s 19 goals over the last six games. Ryder has scored four and Eriksson and Ribeiro both have scored three.
*The only other Star to score multiple goals during the run is Tom Wandell, who has two.
*Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-1 with a 1.37 goals against average and .948 save percentage during the Stars’ run.
*The Stars are averaging 27.0 shots per game and allowing 27.0 shots per game during the six-game run.
Petersen heads to Dallas for birth of daughter
Stars forward Toby Petersen headed back to Dallas to be with his wife, who was giving birth to the couple’s third child. Nola Petersen was born 4:29 p.m. on Saturday. The baby girl and mom are both doing fine. Petersen is expected to join the Stars for Tuesday’s game in Vancouver.
“I think we’re gaining a little confidence, but I think what we’re learning to do is that it is going to take everybody to play hard every night to get the results we want. If you look, every night has been a little different on the stats sheet and who is contributing, but we’re getting strong play from everyone at each end of the ice, we’re getting good goaltending and it’s coming at a good time. We’re building some confidence and some momentum off what we’re doing right now, but we still have a long ways to go.”
Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray