2008-09 SEASON STATS
(12TH WEst/23RD NHL)
|Change from 2007-08
(11th WEst/22ND NHL)
(10TH WEst/22nd NHL)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.