Dallas Stars Games 78 And 79 Scoring Chances

The Stars final real road trip of the season ended Saturday night in San Jose. (Yes, they still have one road game, but a quick trip to Nashville isn't much of a road trip.) The final two games of that trip (Vancouver and San Jose) are the subjects of today's scoring chances. Overall the Stars weren't that bad over the past two games. The combined chances for the two games are below:

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 11 12 9 5 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 0
2 10 12 7 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
3 4 5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 25 29 20 21 1 0 0 0 4 8 0 0

The Stars had a few defensive lapses against the Canucks and average at best goaltending while Cory Schneider stole the show for Vancouver. San Jose beat the Stars up and down the ice in the second game of the back to back, but what else is new? The Stars have very few points to show for the second games in back to back sets all season, and possession teams like the Sharks have had their way with the Stars all season.

The Stars biggest issues in the two games were on special teams. They were shorthanded too often, when they were shorthanded they gave up too many chances, and the powerplay stunk. In the two games the Stars generated one chance on the powerplay. They generated 4 chances while shorthanded. That isn't a recipe for success. After the jump we'll take a look at each game on it's own.

Despite the lopsided score the Stars 5-2 loss in Vancouver wasn't terrible. It wasn't good, but all things considered the Stars didn't get outplayed to the tune of a three goal loss.They had several chances, especially early, that could have easily made things much more interesting. Cory Schneider was simply better than Kari Lehtonen. The Stars outchanced the Canucks 19-15. On special teams the Stars outchanced the Canucks 4-0 with three shorthanded chances.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2 7 9 4 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 19 15 15 15 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

No skater really stands out on the ledger except Philip Larsen with +3 chances. Alex Goligsoki, Tomas Vincour, and Jake Dowell were all +2. Everyone else was slightly above average or slightly below average. All in all it wasn't a terrible road game against a very good team. The game that really mattered was the next night in San Jose anyway.

# Player EV PP SH
3 S. ROBIDAS 20:33 2 4 1:08 1 0 2:52 2 0
6 T. DALEY 18:02 6 8 0:36 0 0 2:13 1 0
27 A. PARDY 13:57 7 7 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 17:33 6 4 1:11 1 0 2:46 1 0
36 P. LARSEN 16:15 7 4 0:30 0 0 0:16 0 0
44 S. SOURAY 18:56 2 3 0:03 0 0 3:09 2 0
10 B. MORROW 12:55 2 2 0:33 0 0 0:00 0 0
11 J. DOWELL 6:57 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
14 J. BENN 17:37 7 6 0:33 0 0 1:33 0 0
16 A. BURISH 13:03 1 1 0:00 0 0 2:07 2 0
18 R. SMITH 8:39 4 4 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
21 L. ERIKSSON 15:47 4 6 1:11 1 0 2:23 1 0
29 S. OTT 18:03 6 7 0:33 0 0 1:27 0 0
38 V. FIDDLER 12:13 1 1 0:00 0 0 2:03 2 0
40 R. GARBUTT 8:56 2 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
63 M. RIBEIRO 14:46 5 7 1:11 1 0 1:43 1 0
73 M. RYDER 15:09 5 6 1:11 1 0 0:00 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 13:33 5 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0

Unfortunately the Stars came out against San Jose and laid an egg. Whether the Stars were tired, frustrated, or something else the result was being taken out to the woodshed by the Sharks. The Sharks scored early off of poor defensive zone coverage on the part of Michael Ryder (Pavelski crept in from the high slot while Ryder was staring at the puck covering no one), and kept the pedal floored long enough to demoralize the Stars.

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0
2 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 6 14 5 6 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0

They outchanced the Stars 14-6 for the game. They were up 9-2 after one, but only 2-1 at even strength. In the chaotic first period the Stars allowed seven chances to the Sharks powerplay. The powerplay chances were killers for the Stars. They had no answer for the Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau trio. The Sharks consistently matched them against Mike Ribeiro through two periods, and they were really good. The Flames took a similar strategy by matching Jarome Iginla against Ribeiro. It didn't happen as much in the third for whatever reason (Gulutzan correcting the issue or the Sharks not worrying about matchups with a big lead), and the Stars were at least a little more fluid early in the frame.

# Player EV PP SH
3 S. ROBIDAS 12:28 1 2 3:06 0 0 5:03 0 7
6 T. DALEY 15:16 3 2 1:03 0 0 2:20 1 1
28 M. FISTRIC 14:47 3 1 0:09 0 0 2:58 1 3
33 A. GOLIGOSKI 15:44 1 2 3:18 0 0 0:45 0 0
36 P. LARSEN 14:37 1 2 0:48 0 0 0:10 0 0
44 S. SOURAY 13:30 1 3 0:06 0 0 3:50 0 5
10 B. MORROW 9:28 2 1 1:21 0 0 0:00 0 0
11 J. DOWELL 4:57 1 1 0:00 0 0 1:09 0 3
14 J. BENN 14:05 0 2 1:47 0 0 1:21 0 1
16 A. BURISH 9:07 1 2 0:00 0 0 3:35 0 6
17 T. PETERSEN 4:46 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
21 L. ERIKSSON 14:12 2 4 2:48 0 0 2:54 1 1
29 S. OTT 12:28 1 2 1:21 0 0 1:52 0 1
38 V. FIDDLER 7:59 1 1 0:09 0 0 3:01 1 3
40 R. GARBUTT 9:41 1 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
63 M. RIBEIRO 16:44 3 2 2:39 0 0 0:56 0 1
73 M. RYDER 14:32 2 2 2:22 0 0 0:06 0 0
81 T. VINCOUR 9:27 0 0 0:00 0 0 0:12 0 0

Again no one really stood out for the Stars. The highest plus was Mark Fistric's +2 chances. Only a handful more broke into positive territory. They weren't particularly good, and they really struggled to generate any offense. Jamie Benn was nowhere to be found.

Jake Dowell had a particularly rough night on the penalty kill. He only got on the ice for about six minutes total, and of that six minutes only a minute was shorthanded. In that minute of penalty kill time Dowell was on the ice for three chances against. Stephane Robidas had a strange penalty killing night as well. He was on the ice for five minutes during which the Sharks generated seven chances.

The Stars get back on the horse Tuesday night when they host the Sharks. They will be in control of the matchups to a large degree, and they really need to push matchup advantages where they can find them if they want to stay alive. This is the first true must win all season. If they come out like they did Saturday the season is more or less over. They aren't an elite team, but they're better than six chances in a 60 minute game. If the real Stars don't show up Tuesday night the season takes a severe turn for the worse.


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