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STARS ADDED DEPTH PAYING DIVIDENDS

Posted By Travis Currie On Dec 2 2011 @ 12:58 am In Dallas Stars | No Comments

With Alex Goligoski still out, Adam Burish breaking his hand two weeks ago, Brenden Morrow and Kari Lehtonen recently being placed on injured reserve, the Stars are finding ways to win hockey games.

The Stars lost both Alex Goligoski and Adam Burish during a five game losing streak in mid November, before defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 at home on November 21st. Captain Brenden Morrow was then placed on the IR afterwards with an upper body injury and in last Saturday’s game against the Coyotes, Kari Lehtonen suffered a groin injury and will be out at least 3 weeks.

Still, the Stars find themselves winning hockey games and have clawed their way back in to the Pacific Division lead. Including Thursday’s 3-2 home win vs Ottawa, they’ve put together a 4-1-1 record since the losing streak and have gotten scoring from just about everywhere in the lineup.

Lack of depth was something that helped sink the Stars in recent years especially last, but this year key acquisitions in the off season like Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak, and Sheldon Souray have helped right the ship and keep the Stars afloat.

One acquisition made almost by fluke back in mid October has been key. Since Eric Nystrom has joined the Stars, he’s been more than anyone could have hoped for. Nobody would have pegged him to score more goals than any other Stars player over the first 20 games following his signing, but he has. In his 20 games so far he’s racked up nine goals and eleven points and has been an inspiration with his energy and enthusiasm.

Though no longer a new comer, Andrew Raycroft has held the fort in goal so far since Lehtonen’s injury, stopping 35 of 36 shots in Colorado on Monday in a 3-1 win, and coming up big again vs Ottawa stopping 34 of 35 including a point blank glove on Daniel Alfredsson as the last second ticked off the clock.

The Stars’ next game is Saturday at home vs the Islanders.

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