DALLAS -- The first month of the Lindy Ruff Era with the Dallas Stars is officially in the books, and as expected there have been some nice positives. However, there is also plenty to work on as the calendar shifts to November, a month the Stars open Friday at American Airlines Center against the 10-1-0 Colorado Avalanche.
Two early positives for the Stars coach have been his team's penalty kill at home, which ranks third in the NHL at 93.8 percent, as well as their road power play, which ranks seventh at 24 percent.
"I think we're getting closer to where we want to be. We've really cut down on some of the careless plays of late. Even [in] the last two games, our discipline, our special teams, power play looked good," Ruff said. "We're making steps. The only thing that really counts right now is learning how to win and that might be by blocking a shot. That might be by creating an extra chance but I don't think we're quite there yet."