The Dallas Stars have gone to overtime in six of their first 16 games this season. In last season’s lockout-shortened 48-game schedule, they went to overtime only eight times.
Those overtime games can be important because each trip beyond regulation means at least one point, and those points can make a big difference in a tight race for a playoff spot.
“We’ve had a lot of overtime games this year, but in this day and age in this league you need to get points as many times as you can,” said Stars forward Rich Peverley. “We were able to get a point and then to get the other one, it always helps.”
The Stars are 4-2 in games settled beyond regulation this season. They are 3-1 in shootouts and 1-1 in four-on-four overtime. The Stars were 4-4 in games settled beyond regulation last season.
Ruff juggles lines
Stars coach Lindy Ruff juggled lines with the Stars struggling to create chances through the first two periods of Thursday’s game. He moved Rich Peverley up to the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. He moved Valeri Nichushkin, who started the game with Benn and Seguin, to a line with Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole.
Seguin takes high stick from Peverley
Stars center Tyler Seguin missed a shift in the third period after getting hit with a teammate’s stick. Seguin was hit with 7:09 left in the third period after linemates Rich Peverley and Jamie Benn collided and Peverley’s stick caught Seguin, cutting him inside the mouth. Seguin went to the locker room briefly, but ended up missing just one shift.
*The Stars’ last four games have gone to overtime.
*Eight different Dallas players scored the team’s nine goals during the three-game road trip.
*The Stars improved to 5-5-0 on the road for the season.
*The Stars are 5-2-0 against the Eastern Conference.
*The Red Wings are 4-3-2 vs. the Western Conference.
*Cody Eakin’s power play goal was the Stars’ first in five games.
*The Stars were not shorthanded in a game for the first time this season, and for the first time since March 2, 2-12 at Edmonton.
*Detroit outshot the Stars 29-28.
*Rich Peverley and Trevor Daley led the Stars with four shots each.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley – Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski – Jordie Benn
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid
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