Game 65 Scoring Chances: Two Ugly Points

CALGARY, CANADA - MARCH 4: Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames makes the save behind an airborne Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars in the overtime period NHL action on March 4, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

The Stars are still trending up after taking two points from the Flames Sunday afternoon despite a very strange game. The Stars were able to gain ground on 6th place Chicago despite poor performances from just about everyone involved with the on ice product. The coaching staff had issues and most of the Stars personnel were negatives in chance ratio. I gave the Flames the edge 20-14, but once again the Stars had a few chances that could have gone either way.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
2 5 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3 4 5 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 20 9 18 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0

The special teams continued to shine in outchancing the Flames 5-2 including Loui Eriksson's filthy shorthanded goal. Kari Lehtonen was once again wonderful. Quality goaltending and good special teams are big components of the recipe for winning hockey. The even strength play was poor though, and you can see how poor after the jump.

The player report from the Sunday's win has some of the more obscene negatives I remember seeing all season. I mentioned the coaching issues earlier. Those have to play into these numbers to a certain degree, but when you see several players with "10" in the chances against column there are other issues.

Michael Ryder, Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas, and Sheldon Souray were all on the ice for 10 even strength chances against. Every 90 seconds to two minutes these guys were giving up a chance against. Eriksson was on the ice for eight chances against. Steve Ott, Eric Nystrom, and Mark Fistric were all on the ice for six chances against. The ultimate goal is to have a positive chance differential, but this group allowed so many chances against that it would have taken almost superhuman efforts from each guy to break even.

# Player EV PP SH
3 S. ROBIDAS 23:18 2 10 1:34 2 0 2:26 1 0
6 T. DALEY 15:23 2 4 1:12 1 0 2:57 1 2
28 M. FISTRIC 12:02 1 6 0:00 0 0 2:08 0 2
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 19:22 5 2 4:15 3 0 2:10 1 0
36 P. LARSEN 18:52 5 4 0:17 0 0 0:12 1 0
44 S. SOURAY 20:19 3 10 2:00 0 0 2:07 0 0
14 J. BENN 16:49 4 2 1:54 0 0 0:28 0 0
16 A. BURISH 14:51 2 4 0:17 0 0 1:16 0 1
20 R. DVORAK 13:36 0 2 0:00 0 0 1:49 0 0
21 L. ERIKSSON 16:41 4 8 2:45 3 0 1:59 2 0
23 T. WANDELL 6:38 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
24 E. NYSTROM 13:36 0 6 0:00 0 0 1:48 0 2
29 S. OTT 14:53 2 6 0:17 0 0 1:37 1 0
38 V. FIDDLER 12:50 1 3 0:00 0 0 1:05 0 0
40 R. GARBUTT 8:22 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
63 M. RIBEIRO 17:48 3 10 3:59 3 0 1:54 1 1
73 M. RYDER 16:23 5 10 2:45 3 0 0:04 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 7:02 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0

The Stars top players were Alex Goligoski, Philip Larsen, Jamie Benn, and the sacrificial fourth line of Tomas Vincour, Ryan Garbutt, and Tom wandell. Goligoski and Larsen continue to be valuable in transition. Goligoski, in particular, had a strong game. He had a +10 Corsi while breaking even with 50% offensive zone starts.

Team Period Time Note DAL Opponent
CGY 1 15:36 Cammalleri 6 21 28 32 63 73 4 6 12 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 1 15:35 Tanguay 6 21 28 32 63 73 4 6 12 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 1 14:07 Iginla 3 21 32 44 63 73 4 6 12 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 1 9:20 Cammalleri 6 24 28 32 63 5 12 13 34 40 93 4v5
DAL 1 7:49 Ribeiro 21 32 33 36 38 63 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 1 6:30 Cammalleri 6 16 24 28 32 5 12 13 34 40 93 4v5
DAL 1 4:56 Eriksson 21 32 33 36 63 4 15 25 33 34 51 4v5
CGY 2 18:13 Bouma 3 20 24 32 38 44 4 6 16 18 34 57 5v5
DAL 2 16:04 Ribeiro 3 21 32 44 63 73 12 23 33 34 40 93 5v5
DAL 2 15:40 Ribeiro 6 23 28 32 40 81 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 2 13:08 tanguay 3 21 32 44 63 73 4 6 12 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 2 12:42 glencross,g 3 16 28 29 32 63 4 13 20 23 25 34 5v5
CGY 2 6:59 iginla 3 29 32 44 63 73 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
DAL 2 5:02 Eriksson,g 3 6 21 29 32 5 12 15 34 40 93 4v5
CGY 2 3:24 Iginla 21 32 33 36 63 73 5 12 13 20 23 34 5v5
CGY 2 3:16 Jokinen 29 32 33 36 63 73 5 12 13 20 23 34 5v5
CGY 2 2:18 Jackman 24 28 32 38 44 73 4 6 15 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 2 2:17 Jackman 24 28 32 38 44 73 4 6 15 34 40 93 5v5
DAL 2 1:35 Ryder 3 21 32 33 63 73 5 20 23 25 34 5v4
DAL 2 1:34 Ryder 3 21 32 33 63 73 5 20 23 25 34 5v4
DAL 3 15:59 Ott 29 32 33 36 63 73 4 6 13 20 25 34 5v5
DAL 3 14:59 Benn 3 14 16 21 32 44 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 3 14:53 Iginla 3 14 16 21 32 44 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
CGY 3 14:49 Cammalleri 3 14 16 21 32 44 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
DAL 3 12:41 Ryder 6 21 32 33 63 73 4 6 16 20 34 5v4
CGY 3 12:00 Iginla 6 16 29 32 36 63 5 12 23 34 40 93 5v5
DAL 3 9:20 Benn 14 16 29 32 33 36 5 13 20 23 25 34 5v5
CGY 3 6:03 Jackman 6 20 23 24 28 32 7 15 18 27 34 51 5v5
CGY 3 5:09 Jokinen 3 21 32 36 63 73 4 6 13 20 25 34 5v5
CGY 4 3:53 Bouwmeester 3 24 29 32 44 6 7 12 34 93 4v4
CGY 4 3:35 Brodie 3 24 29 32 44 6 7 12 34 93 4v4
DAL 4 2:52 Benn 14 32 33 36 73 5 12 23 34 93 4v4
DAL 4 2:51 Ryder 14 32 33 36 73 5 12 23 34 93 4v4
DAL 4 0:41 Ryder 6 21 32 44 73 4 6 34 40 93 4v4

The Stars have gotten to a stretch of the schedule that looked incredibly daunting just two weeks ago. Now? It's still scary, but Stars fans at large should have a measure of confidence. They haven't lucked their way into this winning stretch. They're outshooting opponents. They're playing well on special teams. They're getting good goaltending. The Stars are doing everything anyone has asked of them all year. They might lose Tuesday, but they've put themselves in a position that a loss against the best team in hockey isn't going to cripple them. Who would have guessed that a few weeks ago?


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