Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Dallas Stars

Prospect Report

2016 first-round pick Riley Tufte scores his first collegiate goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It took 17 games, but Stars forward prospect Riley Tufte finally scored his first collegiate goal over the weekend. 

Tufte, a freshman, tallied Minnesota Duluth's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to St. Cloud State Friday, going to the net and hammering home a rebound in the third period. That first goal came a week after Tufte picked up his first collegiate point last week with an assist.

Tufte, Dallas' first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, has two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games this season. He missed the first four games of the season due to a broken wrist suffered at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation in August. He's had his ups and downs this season as he's made the jump from high school to college but has come on recently. His eight shots on goal in his two games over the weekend matched his total for the previous nine games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 18 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS | +2 | 8 PIM

View More

Stars-Sabres Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Buffalo Sabres
Monday, January 16
Noon
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KLIF 570 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (18-18-8) lost 5-4 to Minnesota Saturday at American Airlines Center. The Stars rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first period to tie the game 4-4 in the third. But just two minutes after the Stars drew even, Minnesota's Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal when a rebound bounced off his shoulder and into the net.

"It's really disappointing," said Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis. "Obviously, we didn't get off to a great start and put ourselves into a huge hole, but we worked our way out of it, and it made for a real exciting game there. When they got that fifth goal, it was crushing. It was too bad because we were pretty fired up and the fans were fired up about us coming back. It was really disappointing to lose this game."

The Stars fell to 2-4-1 in their past seven games.

The Stars held a short practice Sunday morning in Frisco before departing for Buffalo. Cody Eakin and Patrick Eaves did not skate. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it was a maintenance day for both players.

Monday's game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Stars, who are 6-11-4 away from home.

"Our road record hasn't been good enough," Ruff said. "The only way to get this thing going on a consistent basis is to be a winner on the road."

Injuries: D Jamie Oleksiak (hand), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

View More

Stars look to get road game in order

Three-game road trip opens Monday in Buffalo

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It's back on the road for the Dallas Stars, who open a three-game trip in Buffalo Monday afternoon. The Stars also play at New York Rangers (Tuesday) and New York Islanders (Thursday).

The road has not been a friendly place for the Stars, who are 6-11-4 away from home this season including nine losses in their past 12 (3-7-2). With the Stars (18-18-8) sitting four points out of a playoff spot 44 games into the season, getting the road game in order is key if they are going to make a push up the standings.

"Every game is important for us now, but on the road, where we've struggled, this is going to be huge for us," said defenseman John Klingberg.

These upcoming points on the road are important for the Stars because they've given up some points at home recently, picking up only three of a possible eight points over the past four games at American Airlines Center.

"We have got to establish some type of road game," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "When you give [points] away at home, you have to get them back on the road, and our road record hasn't been good enough. The only way to get this thing going on a consistent basis is to be a winner on the road."

View More

Dallas Stars announce change to broadcast schedule

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars announced today that the radio broadcast on Monday, Jan. 16 against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center will be on 570 AM KLIF. The game was originally scheduled to air on Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket. 

Coverage of the game begins at 11:30 a.m. with the pre-game show hosted by Owen Newkirk and Bruce LeVine. At noon, Daryl "Razor" Reaugh and Craig Ludwig will call the action from Buffalo, N.Y.

View More

Stars can't overcome bad start in loss to Wild

Stars erase four-goal deficit but fall to Wild, 5-4

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars overcame a four-goal deficit Saturday night, but in the end, they couldn't finish the job and lost 5-4 to the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.

The Stars, who were down 4-0 by the 12:45 mark of the first period, rallied and tied the game at 4-4 on John Klingberg's power-play goal at 11:13 of the third period. But a little more than two minutes later, the Wild's Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal.

"It's really disappointing," Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "Obviously, we didn't get off to a great start and put ourselves into a huge hole, but we worked our way out of it, and it made for a real exciting game there. When they got that fifth goal, it was crushing. It was too bad because we were pretty fired up and the fans were fired up about us coming back. It was really disappointing to lose this game."

While the late goal by Minnesota stung, the start to the game hurt the Stars as well. The four goals against in a period matched a season-high for the Stars, who gave up four in the second period at Winnipeg (8-2 loss) on Nov. 8.

"We were flat. We weren't sharp, and they were," Hamhuis said. "They took advantage and things were going in for them, too, when they were shooting. It's on every guy in this room to be better."

The loss was the fifth in the past seven games (2-4-1) for the Stars and left them with an 18-18-8 record for the season. The Stars are 3-11-4 in games following a win and have hovered around the .500 mark all season.

"It was good to see there was no quit and there have been a few ugly ones in the league this year," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "We creep a little bit above [.500], lose a tough one and battle hard to get to that one or two [games above], but we haven't been able to push through and put a string of games together."

View More

Stars recall defenseman Patrik Nemeth from Texas

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth  from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nemeth, 24, recorded three points (1-2=3) in four AHL games with Texas during his conditioning assignment. The defenseman has appeared in 16 NHL games with Dallas in 2016-17 and has registered 17 hits, 19 blocked shots and 18 shots on goal this season.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

View More

Stars face big test tonight in Wild

Antti Niemi gets the start in goal as Stars face one of the league's hottest teams

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will face a good test tonight when they take on the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center. The Wild come into the game on an impressive 15-1-1 run over their past 17 games. 

"They've been on a good roll, and we're looking at it as a big test. And they are a division rival," said Stars forward Devin Shore. "We just want to keep building on the good things we did the last game and make some tweaks to the things we need to do better."

One of the things the Stars (18-17-8) did well the last game - Thursday's 5-2 win over Detroit - was get people and pucks to the net to score their goals. They scored two goals off tip-ins and another off a rebound. Another goal deflected in off traffic.

The Wild will present a challenge. They are one of the top defensive teams in the league, allowing just 2.10 goals per game. They can surrender a lot of shots, but not a lot of quality chances.

"It's going to be a tough game inside the offensive zone to get quality opportunities. But we're going to have to find a way to get inside," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It's going to be tough to get the Grade-A, but we're going to have to fight for the second opportunities."

"We have to do our best to make it tough on them, make it tough for their goalie to see shots coming through," Shore said. "We have to take care of our end, too, because we know they aren't going to give up to many chances. We know we have the group in this room to compete, we just have to execute."

View More

Stars-Wild Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Saturday, January 14
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (18-17-8) overcame a 2-1 first-period deficit and defeated Detroit, 5-2, at American Airlines Center Thursday. Five different Dallas players scored goals, eleven players registered points, and Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots. The Stars got people and pucks to the net, scoring two goals off tip-ins, one off a rebound and another that deflected in off traffic.

"It was a couple of greasy ones today, but that is how you score most of the goals today," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg, who scored on a rebound. "You have to step up there and try to get the puck in there because that is how you score goals nowadays. It's a skill game, but you have to be able to score those goals to win."

The Stars have picked up points in six of their past seven home games (4-1-2).

Dallas captain Jamie Benn returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous four games with a foot injury.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said defenseman Jamie Oleksiak is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with the hand injury he suffered in Tuesday's game at Anaheim.

Saturday's game wraps up a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: D Jamie Oleksiak (hand), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

View More

John Klingberg finding his stride

Stars defenseman playing with confidence and the points are starting to come

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Confidence is an important part of Stars defenseman John Klingberg's game, and right now he is playing with confidence.

Klingberg has been on a nice run recently, registering points in seven of the past eleven games and tallying four goals and five assists during that stretch. Klingberg, who got off to a rocky start this season, is starting to look like the player that ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in scoring with 58 points (10 goals, 48 assists) and finished sixth in the Norris Trophy voting in 2015-16. 

"I think with the team playing better lately, the confidence has grown with me," Klingberg said. "I like where [my game] is right now. I think I have been playing defensively really good and offensively I've been in on a lot of chances too."

Klingberg's improved play has mirrored the team's better play, which started in early December. After posting a minus-ten rating his first 23 games, Klingberg has been a plus-eight over his past 18. During that stretch the Stars have seen improved defensive play, allowing just 2.44 goals against per game. The offense has picked up recently for the Stars, who are averaging 3.11. goals per game over their past nine games, and Klingberg has been a part of that.

"It's just a combination of the fact the team is playing better now, and there are better avenues for him going up ice to join," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "I think he's making quicker decisions. He's getting more pucks to the net."

View More

Stars rally past Red Wings

Five different Stars score goals, Niemi stops 31 shots

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Getting people and pucks to the net paid off for the Dallas Stars Thursday night. The Stars scored twice on tip-ins, once on a rebound and another on a deflection off traffic as they got some offense going in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center.

The Stars, who were coming off a 2-0 loss in Anaheim, got goals from five different players and scored the five goals on just 21 shots.

"I thought in the Anaheim game we didn't get tight enough to their goaltender, but I thought tonight we did a lot better job," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Control played low, got it to the defense, the defense had time to find seams, and we got some bodies up front that tipped a few pucks. We threw one there that went off them, and it was good to see a couple of breaks."

Lauri Korpikoski, Brett Ritchie, John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, and Patrick Eaves scored goals for the Stars, who had eleven different players register points in the game.

"We won in Los Angeles last week (6-4), and I think a lot of those goals were a credit to getting people to the net and pucks to the net," said Ritchie, "but we got away from it in Anaheim, so that was an emphasis tonight. We wanted to make it hard on the goalie, and it worked for us tonight."

The Stars (18-17-8) got a big game in goal from Antti Niemi, who stopped 31 shots, including all 16 he faced in the third period. Niemi improved to 8-3-2 at home this season.

"He played fabulous," said Ruff. "He made three or four highlight reel saves for us."

View More