While the Dallas Stars were playing in Denver Tuesday night, defenseman Aaron Rome was getting in his first game of the season with Texas of the AHL. Rome is coming off two offseason hip surgeries and the Stars need him to get into game shape.
“We’re looking at how he is going to play down there,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “The game conditioning is very important. Doing the one-on-one conditioning or with the coaches is one thing, but playing in a game, the quick reactions, the reactions to real tight situations is important. It’s better to get that down there than here. We know what he is. He’s a good defender, he’s a big body that is tough to play against and we want him to find his game before he gets back.”
Rome, who was sent to Texas on Monday on a conditioning assignment, had no points, two shots on goal, a minus-one rating and four penalty minutes in Texas’ 2-1 overtime loss at Oklahoma City. He was paired with Dallas prospect Jamie Oleksiak in the game.
“Those mistakes can’t be made. They just can’t be. I’ve told them that those are unacceptable.”
- Stars coach Lindy Ruff on the mistakes costing his team goals against
*The Stars were the first team to score more than one goal against Colorado this season.
*The Stars outshot Colorado 41-26.
*The Stars had 11 power play shots in the game.
*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars were the first team to score a power play goal against Colorado this season.
*Cody Eakin’s second period power play goal was the first Dallas had scored in Denver since April 2009.
*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with 7 shots on goal. Alex Chiasson had 6 shots.
*The Stars won 33 of 65 (51 percent) faceoffs in the game.
*Jamie Benn won 7 of 9 (78 percent) of faceoffs. Tyler Seguin won 6 of 17 (35 percent).
Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney-Cody Eakin-Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel-Shawn Horcoff-Erik Cole
Lane MacDermid-Vernon Fiddler-Ryan Garbutt
Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar
Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley-Jordie Benn
Dan Ellis (starter)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Valeri Nichushkin
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body)
Conditioning assignment: Aaron Rome
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