Originally written on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 4/2/12

It was a tale of two months for the Dallas Stars. They started March on fire by winning six games in a row, their longest such streak of the season. Things kind of fell apart after that though as Dallas would lose six of the next nine games. Their standings reflected that shift in play as they went from division leaders to now sitting in the ninth spot in the Western Conference, just out of the playoffs (boy does that sound familiar).

Overall, Dallas went 9-6-0 in March, so it wasn't a total loss. It's just disappointing that such an amazing start would turn out to be nothing more than a buffer that would inevitably vanish. They had three games go into a shootout and won all of them so no loser points for the Stars in March. Dallas was free of injuries for most of the month, but they all seemed to pile up at the same time. Radek Dvorak, Eric Nystrom, Brenden Morrow and Mark Fistric all missed time due to various injuries.

Dallas was 5 of 41 (12%) on the PP this month and 48 of 55 (87%) on the PK. In January, Dallas was 7 of 39 (18%) on PP chances and were 45 of 54 (83%) on the PK last month so their special teams were worked even harder in March despite playing one less game.

Kari Lehtonen started 13 of the 15 games in March. Richard Bachman started the other two. Bachman was 1-1-0 while Lehtonen was 8-5-0.

For the PP and SH stat boxes, I first put the amount of time that they had in the month and the total time that the player has on the season in parentheses.

As a small comparison, the league leader among forwards in ice time this season is Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk with 24:30 of TOI/G. He has 1813:31 total time on ice on the season. For defensemen, the league leader is Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell with 26:55 of TOI/G. He has a total of 2,127:03 ice time this season.

more after the jump

 

GP = Games Played            TOI = Time on ice          TOI/G = Time on ice per game

PP TOI = Power-play time on ice              SH TOI = Shorthanded time on ice

Forwards (Ordered by TOI/G in March):

Player   GP  
TOI
TOI (Season) TOI/G (March) 
TOI/G (February)
PP TOI (season)
SH TOI (season)
Mike Ribeiro 15 311:29 1437:28 20:46 20:30 40:55 (204:27) 21:35 (69:19)
Loui Eriksson 15 296:52 1556:39 19:47 20:41 38:41 (207:45) 28:31 (140:01)
Jamie Benn
15
269:40
1225:23
17:59
17:16
22:59 (154:52)
11:29 (46:19)
Steve Ott
14
251:26
1320:58
17:58
18:17
18:45 (145:20)
27:22 (125:39)
Michael Ryder
15
267:23
1368:53
17:50
18:38
37:49 (209:19)
0:31 (1:55)
Radek Dvorak
8
116:39
1029:26
14:35
14:23
0:51 (6:55)
10:50 (131:18)
Brenden Morrow
11
159:05
926:09
14:28
14:55
15:52 (136:06)
--- (21:55)
Vernon Fiddler
15
216:05
1108:49
14:24
14:01
1:27 (9:47)
27:23 (158:05)
Eric Nystrom 12 169:58 977:28 14:10 14:50 1:22 (10:59) 14:14 (89:45)
Adam Burish 15 212:10 796:24 14:09 12:19 6:05 (34:52) 22:18 (89:55)
Tomas Vincour 13 112:26 463:20 8:39 11:17 --- (17:21) 0:12 (0:26)
Tom Wandell
16
165:04
595:28
10:19
14:24
14:22 (31:48)
0:18 (7:30)
Ryan Garbutt
7
60:39
60:39
8:40
---
---
---
Toby Peterson
7 54:28 293:49 7:47
5:44
--- (22:24)
--- (9:55)
Jake Dowell 8 58:39 345:55 7:20 8:06 --- (1:02) --- (22:23) Francis Wathier
0
5:25
5:25
---
---
---
---
Matt Fraser 0 3:57 3:57 --- --- --- ---

 

  • Mike Ribeiro had himself a nice month with 4 goals and 10 assists. It's his second best total of the season. He led the Stars in assists in March.
  • Loui Eriksson had his third straight month (and fourth overall) with 13 points. He had 5 goals and 8 assists in March. He only had two points (both assists) in the final six games of March though, so he ended last month on a big down note.
  • Jamie Benn had his second best month of the season with 8 goals and 4 assists in March. He really needs some offensive help though as Steve Ott and Adam Burish aren't exactly known as scorers. 
  • Michael Ryder followed up his great February with an equally great March. He had 9 goals and 6 assists, the exact same numbers as last month. He was the Stars leading scorer in March in both goals and points. 
  • Steve Ott led all Stars with 37 penalty minutes in March. He had 1 goal and 7 assists. It's amazing that he hasn't been moved off the power play despite the lack of numbers. He's a second unit power play guy and has a grand total of four power play goals, two of them in the past three months. Unacceptable.
  • Much of that sentence also applies to Brenden Morrow. He's also a second unit power play guy and has five power plays goals on the season, two in the past three months. It's a wonder that Jamie Benn scores goals at all. Morrow would end up on the fourth line by the end of the month, but was still pulling down nearly 13 minutes of ice time a game.
  • Radek Dvorak missed seven games this month with an ankle injury. Before he got hurt, he had 1 goal in March.
  • Vernon Fiddler had his third straight month of 1 goal and 1 assist, so he's consistent I guess. He's a vital piece of the penalty kill though.
  • Eric Nystrom has fallen back down to earth (hard) in terms of goal scoring. He didn't have a goal in March and had only 2 assists. He has 1 goal in the past 27 games. He missed the final three games on the month with a leg laceration that he suffered in the first minute of a gama against the Calgary Flames.

Defensemen (Ordered by TOI/G)

Player GP  
TOI
TOI (Season) TOI/G (March)
TOI/G (February)
PP TOI (season)
SH TOI (season) Stephane Robidas 
16 372:30
1309:38 23:17 21:13
39:41 (153:17)
50:55 (171:52)
Alex Goligoski
16 367:38
1199:11 22:59 23:10 43:35 (174:39)
17:59 (55:07)
Trevor Daley
16
342:58
1340:06
21:26
22:40
24:18 (145:50)
39:12 (155:15)
Sheldon Souray
9 182:53 1042:33 20:19 18:13 2:05 (105:45) 16:19 (107:01)
Philip Larsen
16 286:07 650:24 17:53 19:57 20:53 (47:30) 3:52 (15:51)
Mark Fistric
13 228:26 798:08 17:34 15:26
--- (0:49)
37:33 (108:43)
Adam Pardy
4 66:03 424:35 16:31 14:29 --- (2:01) 1:22 (20:44)
Jordie Benn 0 --- 24:36 --- 12:18 --- (0:09) --- (0:00)
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