February by the numbers

Although the Dallas Stars hit a few bumps this past week, the month of February turned out pretty good for them. They put together an 8-5-1 record in the 14 games they played in 28 days.

Their .607 points percentage for the month was six best in the Western Conference. Chicago (.923), Anaheim (.917), Vancouver (.667), Los Angeles (.667) and Phoenix (.615) were the top five.

Statistically, it was a mixed bag for the Stars. Here are a few notes.

*The Stars were 5-2-1 on the road in February, and 3-3-0 at home.

*The Stars averaged 3.07 goals per game in February, making them the fifth highest scoring team in the league during the month.

*Goals against was a different story. They allowed 3.14 goals against for the month, ranking 25th in the NHL.

*Their .891 team save percentage also ranked 25th in the league.

*The Stars scored 31 five-on-five goals and they allowed 31 five-on-five goals in February.

*They allowed 28.9 shots per game, which ranked 18th. That’s an improvement from what they did over the seven games of January when they allowed 34.1 per game and ranked 30th in the league.

*Shots for were 28.2 per game in February, up from the 25.6 per game they produced in January.

*The Stars were on the power play 51 times in February and they were shorthanded 63 times, giving them a minus-12 differential in power play opportunities versus times shorthanded. They are minus-22 for the season, which is the worst in the league.

*The 63 times shorthanded were the most in the league for February, as was their 4.5 times shorthanded per game.

*The Stars scored 9 power plays goal in February and they allowed 10 power play goals.

*Jamie Benn led the Stars in goals (6) and points (13) during the month.

*The recently traded Michael Ryder was tops in assists (8) and second in points (11).

*15 players scored goals during the month and 21 players picked up points.

*Nine different players scored Dallas’ nine power play goals during the month.

*Stephane Robidas was tops in ice time at 21:58 for February, and Jamie Benn was tops among forwards at 19:50.

*Brenden Dillon was the team leader in plus/minus with a plus-6 rating. Jamie Benn had a team-low minus-6 rating in February.

*Vernon Fiddler was the best faceoff guy for the month at 52.3 percent.

*Kari Lehtonen was 5-1-0 in February with a 2.21 goals against average and .921 save percentage

*Richard Bachman and Cristopher Nilstorp combined for a 3-4-1 mark, 3.73 goals against average and .861 save percentage.

Here is a look at the Stars’ team statistics for February, along with the numbers from January, their season totals and where they ranked in the league heading into Friday night’s games.

Category January February Season
Record 2-4-1 8-5-1 10-9-2
Home 1-1-1 3-3-0 4-4-1
Road 1-3-0 5-2-1 6-5-1
Points percentage .357 .607 .524 (20th)
Goals per game 1.86 3.07 2.67 (18th)
Goals against per game 2.57 3.14 2.95 (11th)
5-on-5 GF/GA ratio 0.80 1.00 0.95 (18th)
Shots per game 25.6 28.2 27.3 (26th)
Shots against per game 34.1 28.9 30.7 (22nd)
Team Shooting % 7.3 10.9 9.8 (10th)
Team Save % .925 .891 .904 (20th)
Faceoff percentage 46.0 48.6 47.8 (24th)
Category Stat Stat Season
Power play overall 16.0 17.6 17.1 (15th)
Power play home 30.0 15.4 19.4 (14th)
Power play road 6.7 20.0 15.0 (21st)
Penalty kill overall 82.9 84.1 83.7 (11th)
Penalty kill home 66.7 87.5 80.8 (22nd)
Penalty kill road 95.0 80.6 86.3 (6th)
PP Opportunities 25 51 76 (16th)
Times Shorthanded 35 63 98 (30th)
PP-TS Differential -10 -12 -22 (30th)

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