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Stars still don’t have a power-play goal at home

Nov 21, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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The Dallas Stars have been doing a lot of things right this season, but with 20 games in the books their 11-7-2 record puts them six points short of a postseason berth. That gap will need to be closed by improving their performance at home.

The Stars have been an underwhelming 3-2-2 at the American Airlines Center and the fact that they haven’t netted even one power-play goal at home in 24 chances is a big part of that. They are the only team in the NHL without a power-play goal at home.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat this,” coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News. “Overall, we need to be better on special teams as a whole. We’ll continue to work at it.”

This isn’t an entirely new situation for Dallas, but it is a uniquely odd one. In 2011-12, Dallas went 28 home games without scoring a power-play goal and ended up with just 17 in 124 opportunities, but the difference was that the Stars were just a bad power-play team overall that campaign. This time around, they have been doing fine on the road.

Dallas swept its recent three-game trip and will host the New York Rangers tonight. It’s an opportunity for the Stars to bring this season-opening slump to an end and pick up another two points to aide them in the tough Western Conference.

  1. xdj511 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Lucky for the Stars, here come the Rangers! Of course the Rangers have a great penalty kill, but the Rangers have always had a knack for firsts and streak-breakers… i.e. if there’s a kid just up from the minors or a pugilist who has played 30-40 games already without a goal, it’s a given that they’ll score. Long shutout streaks? The Rangers will snap it. Long goalless streaks? The Rangers will let one in. Long winning streaks? They’ll beat you. Long winless streaks? They’ll lose to you. I wish I was a gambler, sigh.

  2. darksidecowboy - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    The Rangers have been on the upswing last couple games, the Stars can’t take anything for granted. As a Stars fan, it would be nice to get that first PP goal out of the way. Just shoot the puck damnit!

  3. xdj511 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Told you so.

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