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Posted By Travis Currie On Jan 17 2012 @ 11:42 pm In Dallas Stars | 2 Comments

On a normal night, you want to have your star players out play the other team’s star players. Things are a little different right now for the Stars as Mike Ribeiro is on the IR for what appears to be another couple weeks after suffering a tear to his MCL against Edmonton on January 7, and now Jamie Benn is out for a couple weeks after having an appendectomy Sunday.

Without your big guns, your end goal doesn’t change at all but the means in which to achieve it takes a little change in game strategy.┬áThe Stars have played two games now with both centers out, losing a very tight 1-0 game in St.Louis on Monday getting great goaltending from Kari Lehtonen, and now losing 3-2 in a shootout at home against Detroit Tuesday night. Richard Bachman was given the go against the Wings and stopped 30 of 32 shots, continuing to make a name for himself.

Wins haven’t come easy for this team over the past two months, and things don’t appear to get any easier. The point against the Wings moves the Stars in to 9th place in the West and even though they sit just one point back of 8th place Minnesota with a game in hand, it’s going to take wins rather than charity points to move up in the standings rather than sit on the outside looking in.

The Stars next game is at home Friday against the Lightning.

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