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Eriksson was star of the show in Dallas

Saturday, 09.19.2009 / 3:00 AM / 2009-2010 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

DALLAS STARS
2008-09 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 83
(12TH WEst/23RD NHL)
Change from 2007-08 -14
Home Points 45
(11th WEst/22ND NHL)
Away Points 38
(10TH WEst/22nd NHL)
Advantage Margin           
+24
The Stars had 25 more power plays at home than on the road -- not unusual. But they allowed only three more extra-man opportunities on the road than they did at home.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        
-9
Talk about coming from out of nowhere. Loui Eriksson led the Stars with 36 goals (12 more than runner-up James Neal). The second-year forward was tops on the team at plus-14 and was among the NHL's top 10 in even-strength goals with 28.

Special Teams Goal Margin        
-18
One reason for the Stars' collapse last season was the play of their special teams. The power play finished 27th and the penalty-killers came in 24th. Dallas had a negative special-teams differential despite having 24 more power-play chances than its opponents.   

Goals by defensemen            
22
For the second year in a row, the Stars badly missed Sergei Zubov's creativity on the blue line. Trevor Daley (7) and Matt Niskanen (6) provided most of what scoring Dallas got from its defensemen.

Overtime Record
Total: 11-5-6 (OT: 5-5, SO: 6-6)

The Stars, the NHL's most successful shootout team in the breakaway competition's first three seasons, came back to earth by splitting their 12 shootouts. They were very consistent, going 3-3 both at home and on the road despite a 5-for-7 performance by rookie James Neal.

Times Scored First
38 (Record: 23-11-4)

The Stars didn't help themselves by scoring first as much as most teams. That was especially true at home; they scored first at American Airlines Center 20 times, but won only 11 and lost a League-high seven times in regulation.

Best 08-09 Number             
4
Shorthanded goals allowed by the Stars, putting Dallas in a four-way tie for the second-fewest SHGs allowed. The Stars scored just two of their own, meaning there were a League-low six shorthanded goals scored by both sides in the Stars' 82 games.

Worst 08-09 Number          
47.8
Dallas' winning percentage on faceoffs. The Stars were 26th in the NHL, a big drop from 2007-08, when they were 13th with a 50.4 winning percentage in the circle.

Scheduling
The Stars have four week-long trips before Christmas, including a five-game, 10-day trek in December. Their longest homestand, six games, comes in March but is followed by a four-game trip that includes a West Coast swing.
Quote of the Day

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday