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Stars showed little power in their man-advantage play

by John Kreiser
Advantage Margin: +29
The Stars were second in the West and sixth in the League in drawing power plays, earning 306. They did a good job staying out of the box -- especially on the road, where they were shorthanded just 134 times, tied for the second-fewest in the NHL.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -5
That the Stars were at a deficit on special teams can be laid at the feet of the power play, which scored only 55 times (matching the number of power-play goals allowed, despite having those 29 extra chances), and surrendered 15 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen: 26
The arrival of Alex Goligoski in a late-season trade with Pittsburgh was a boost to the blue line. He finished the season with 14 goals, five of them in 23 games after coming to Dallas.


Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 95  (9th West/16th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +7
Home Points 52  (6th West/10th NHL)
Road Points 43  (10th West/17th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 10-4-7 OT: 5-4 SO: 5-7

Three of the Stars' post-regulation wins came in their first four games of the season, meaning they were 7-11 after Oct. 16. Five of their seven shootout losses came at home.

Times Scored First: 39
Record: 32-5-2

The Stars' .821 winning percentage when scoring first was second in the League to Vancouver. They scored first just 16 times in 41 road games, but turned 14 of those 16 occasions into victories.

Best 2010-11 Number: 9
Wins by the Stars in games they trailed after two periods, the most in the NHL. They were 4-8-4 at home and 5-13-0 on the road in that situation, giving them at least one point in 13 games when they traded through 40 minutes, also the most in the League.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 27.7
Average shots per game by the Stars, fewer than all but two teams (Edmonton and Minnesota). The Stars were outshot 46 times in 82 games.
The Stars start with four of their first five at home and have no homestand longer than four games. Their longest trip is five games -- a December trek that starts with two games in California and finishes with a swing through the three New York-area teams.
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