Game 47 Scoring Chances: No Koivu, No Problem

ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 21: Eric Nystrom #24 of the Dallas Stars looks on during the third period against the Minnesota Wild on January 21, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Stars 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars took to the ice with the Minnesota Wild in a game the Stars had every motivation to be prepared to play, and they were. They came out of the gates full of energy. After one period they had a one goal lead. Unfortunately, in the second period the Stars fell apart. Again. The narrative coming from the game is that the Stars had a poor one minute stretch which resulted in three goals against, but that's somewhat misleading.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 6 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 7 11 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

In the second period the Stars were outchanced 2-6 by the Wild. If you ignore the second period the Wild and Stars go to overtime tied 1-1 with five chances apiece. Unfortunately, the second period can't be ignored. It's the 20 minute stretch that has killed the Stars all season. In Minnesota that trend continued. After the jump you can find the player reports and the individual chance report.

I don't plan to give a ton of commentary on this game. The results speak for themselves. This game has the same story as the past few, and quite possible the next few. The Stars can't survive without Mike Ribeiro, and, especially, Jamie Benn. Fortunately it sounds like Ribeiro will be back tomorrow, and that Benn is getting close.

The top players for the Stars were the third liners. Eric Nystrom, Radek Dvorak, and Vernon Fiddler were the Stars top players coming in at +2, +2, and 0 even strength chances. Philip Larsen, despite he and Alex Goligoski looking lost defensively at times, had an encouraging outing. He was +2 at even strength with five chances generated during his even strength time on ice.

The big story from the player chance report are the massive negatives. Nicklas Grossman, Trevor Daley, Michael Ryder, and Tom Wandell were all massively negative. The ultimate result of the game was a team-wide failure, but the complete failure of this group of players to be a factor didn't help. They went -5, -6, -5, and -3 at even strength.

# Player EV PP SH
2 N. GROSSMAN 19:10 0 5 0:00 0 0 2:06 0 0
3 S. ROBIDAS 11:41 2 1 1:20 0 0 1:05 0 1
6 T. DALEY 19:35 0 6 0:40 0 0 2:06 0 0
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 22:59 5 4 1:20 0 0 1:48 0 0
36 P. LARSEN 20:47 5 3 0:00 0 0 1:48 0 0
44 S. SOURAY 11:50 2 1 0:40 0 0 1:05 0 1
10 B. MORROW 15:25 3 4 0:40 0 0 0:03 0 0
11 J. DOWELL 10:03 0 1 0:00 0 0 0:28 0 0
16 A. BURISH 13:22 3 3 0:30 0 0 1:36 0 0
17 T. PETERSEN 7:44 0 1 0:00 0 0 0:38 0 0
20 R. DVORAK 13:59 3 1 0:10 0 0 1:37 0 0
21 L. ERIKSSON 15:58 1 3 1:20 0 0 1:05 0 1
23 T. WANDELL 14:32 0 3 0:40 0 0 0:00 0 0
24 E. NYSTROM 14:24 3 1 0:00 0 0 1:17 0 0
29 S. OTT 13:27 4 3 1:10 0 0 1:05 0 0
38 V. FIDDLER 13:44 2 2 0:10 0 0 2:06 0 1
73 M. RYDER 15:21 0 5 1:20 0 0 0:00 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 9:20 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:03 0 0

Team Period Time Note DAL Opponent
DAL 1 17:52 Morrow 10 16 29 32 33 36 4 5 14 36 37 45 5v5
MIN 1 13:16 Heatley 6 21 23 32 33 73 15 21 25 37 46 55 5v5
MIN 1 9:21 Setoguchi 2 6 10 16 29 32 7 10 22 37 46 55 5v5
MIN 1 8:26 Stoner, high 10 16 29 32 33 36 4 5 7 14 37 45 5v5
DAL 1 1:22 Nystrom,tip,g 3 20 24 32 38 44 10 22 37 43 46 55 5v5
DAL 1 1:10 Fiddler 20 24 32 33 36 38 15 21 25 37 46 55 5v5
DAL 2 18:19 Vincour 10 29 32 33 36 81 4 5 15 21 25 37 5v5
MIN 2 10:54 Setoguchi,g 3 21 32 38 44 7 10 15 37 39 46 4v5
MIN 2 9:21 Cullen 2 6 32 38 73 7 10 37 46 55 4v4
MIN 2 9:20 Cullen 2 6 32 38 73 7 10 37 46 55 4v4
DAL 2 8:58 Larsen,g 16 21 32 33 36 15 21 37 39 44 4v4
MIN 2 6:23 Clutterbuck,g 3 17 20 24 32 44 7 10 22 37 39 44 5v5
MIN 2 6:11 Rau,g 10 11 32 33 36 81 4 5 36 37 41 45 5v5
MIN 2 5:24 Heatley,g 2 6 21 23 32 73 15 21 25 37 39 46 5v5
MIN 3 18:31 Heatley,g 21 23 31 33 36 73 4 15 25 37 43 55 5v5
MIN 3 18:07 Powe 2 6 10 16 29 31 14 37 43 45 46 55 5v5
DAL 3 15:10 Morrow,tip 10 16 29 31 33 36 4 5 14 37 43 45 5v5
DAL 3 0:08 Dvorak 3 20 24 29 31 44 15 21 25 37 46 55 5v5

Tuesday the Stars host the Ducks. Ribeiro will be back. The Ducks are the hottest team in the NHL, and if they are able to knock the Stars off they will be a mere five points back. This Tuesday is just as meaningful as Saturday in Minnesota, and every game from here on out should probably be considered a must win until the Stars are either eliminated from the playoffs or clinch positioning. The Stars desperately need to figure out what is happening in the second period quickly. They've been brutal in the second all season. If they can just keep the game close in the second they'll have a good chance of taking points from the Ducks.


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