Stars notes: Power play work

The Dallas Stars have been scoring goals at a pretty good clip lately, but the power play hasn’t been providing much help.

The Dallas power play is 0-12 over the last three games, and it is ranked 21st in the league at 15.0 percent (9-60).

The Stars have scored on the power play in just three of the last eleven games, and are 5-40 (12.5%) during that stretch.

The Stars spent a lot of time on special teams in Friday’s practice. They used two power play units of four forwards and one defenseman, and it was pretty evident watching the drills what the Stars want to do.

“Shooting,” said Stars coach Gulutzan. “Shooting and net presence and don’t pass up shots. The other thing we stressed was work. We’ve got to recover pucks and get them to the D.”

The Stars felt they were outworked in their first couple power play opportunities against Vancouver on Thursday night when they ended up going 0-5 with the man advantage.

“When you’ve got them outnumbered, you’ve got to outwork them and throw pucks at the net, retrieve, get second and third opportunities,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “That’s when the little plays, the seam plays open up and you can make some fancy stuff. But we’ve got to get back to grinding it out.”

These were the power play units used in Friday’s practice:

Jamie Benn-Michael Ryder-Jaromir Jagr-Loui Eriksson-Alex Goligoski
Cody Eakin-Reilly Smith-Brenden Morrow-Derek Roy-Jordie Benn/Brenden Dillon

Stars look to get on track at home

After playing a road heavy schedule to begin the season, the Stars were hoping to make the most of a home heavy stretch of games. It hasn’t worked out that way, at least so far. They’ve lost the first two games of their current three-game homestand, but have a chance to still salvage some points.

“It’s a big game for us,” said Stars forward Loui Eriksson. “It’s always a tough battle to play against San Jose, and it’s going to be our first game against them. We want to bounce back and get on the winning track again. We need points and we are going to try all we can to get the two (Saturday).”

This week kicked off a stretch where the Stars play 14 of 20 games at American Airlines Center, and  they have missed on their first two opportunities to take advantage of home ice.

“We did some good work to start the season, we got some breaks on the road and won against some good teams but we’ve got to take advantage of the home ice or it’s all for not,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We have some games here at home against some good competition and we can get some real good confidence playing here at home.”

Injury notes: Lehtonen, Daley skate

Both Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (groin) and defenseman Trevor Daley (neck) skated prior to Friday’s practice in Frisco.

“(Lehtonen) felt marginally better than he did yesterday,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see where he is at.”

Lehtonen is still day-to-day.

Gulutzan said he hopes Daley can take part in Saturday morning’s skate, but that the defenseman remains doubtful to play against the Sharks.

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