The power play continues to be a sore point for the Dallas Stars. Special teams played a big role in Thursday’s game in Nashville and the Stars were on the wrong side of it.
The Predators scored two power play goals in 28 seconds to take a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish, going on to defeat the Stars 3-1.
The Stars were 0-3 on the power play Thursday, and are ranked last in the league on the power play at 10.5 percent.
“We’re getting chances. It’s not like we can’t get the puck in the zone. We’re getting good looks,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “We’ve got to find ways to get pucks around guys and hit the net. Everybody is so good at blocking pucks. Maybe we’ve got to find a way to make that extra pass, fake our way around a guy and get pucks at that net. We’ve got to find a way to get them.”
The Stars had seven power play shots in Thursday’s game. Nashville had two power play shots, scoring on both of them.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff did some line juggling during Thursday’s game. He moved Antoine Roussel up to the top line with center Tyler Seguin and right wing Valeri Nichushkin at times. Jamie Benn moved to a line with center Shawn Horcoff and right wing Rich Peverley.
Ray Whitney moved to left wing on a line with center Dustin Jeffrey and right wing Ryan Garbutt. Whitney and Garbutt played just two shifts in the third period. Jeffrey, who left the game in the second period after being boarded by Predators defenseman Shea Weber, played one shift in the third.
“He was OK,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Jeffrey. “I shortened things up. He came back and he was ready to play.”
Rome makes season debut
Stars defenseman Aaron Rome made his season debut Thursday against Nashville. He played 14:27, had no points, one hit and three blocked shots in the game.
Quotable: Lindy Ruff
“Now we’ve lost two in a row. We’ve got to take pride in stopping it. I think the main thing is we’ve got some guys that are having a hard time putting the puck in the net. If we’re going to win, we need them to take advantage of some of those opportunities.”
*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their last eleven games.
*The Stars have lost two straight games and are now 3-4-3 in their last ten games.
*The Stars are 2-6-3 against the Central Division.
*After Thursday’s games, the Stars, Predators and Winnipeg Jets are tied at 33 points.
*The Stars outshot the Predators 34-30.
*Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley led the Stars with five shots each.
*The Stars won 30 of 64 (47 percent) of faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 10 of 13. Tyler Seguin won 9 of 16. Cody Eakin won 4 of 16.
*Nashville blocked 23 shots in the game. Predators center Mike Fisher blocked five shots.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Dustin Jeffrey – Ryan Garbutt
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Aaron Rome – Jamie Oleksiak
Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Colton Sceviour
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