Originally written on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 1/3/12

December was a roller coaster month for the Stars. They beat good teams and lost to bad teams. They saw players come back from injury but suffered more injuries as the month wore on.

Dallas played 13 games in the month of December, none of them reaching overtime and went 7-6-0. They enter the first game of the new year with 43 points, good enough for 10th place in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Pacific Division.

The stats below are only for the month of December unless noted otherwise. For the power-play and shorthanded times, I've put in their times for December with the season totals in parenthesis.

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)

Player GP  
TOI
TOI (Season) TOI/G (December) 
TOI/G (November)
PP TOI (season)
SH TOI (season)
Mike Ribeiro 13 258:41 720:35 19:54 19:14
46:10 (116:50)
12:53 (29:11)
Loui Eriksson
13 243:55 700:48 18:46 19:06
42:02 (98:35)
19:45 (64:52)
Steve Ott
13 238:35 583:19 18:21 19:09
41:10 (87:39)
19:47 (51:36)
Brenden Morrow
11 196:54 549:02 17:54 17:33
38:09 (93:03)
7:15 (18:04)
Jamie Benn
13 232:09 658:11 17:51 18:03
39:41 (93:57)
14:19 (32:42)
Michael Ryder
13 208:09 612:15 16:01 16:56 39:37 (107:49)
0:00 (0:52)
Radek Dvorak
13 190:57 527:01 14:41 14:14
2:11 (4:51)
18:22 (72:03)
Vernon Fiddler
13 184:27 499:43 14:11 12:32
2:02 (6:12)
21:01 (82:02)
Erik Nystrom
13 183:33 416:05 14:07
12:33
2:44 (4:09)
14:13 (41:22)
Tomas Vincour
6 64:49 160:40 10:48
14:14
6:16 (16:06)
0:08 (0:11)
Adam Burish
5 47:08 261:36 9:26
17:03
0:46 (15:33)
3:04 (28:03)
Tom Wandell
13 107:23 272:02 8:16
9:06
0:11 (0:27)
0:00 (6:16)
Toby Peterson
6 45:49 199:15 7:38
9:26
5:16 (21:50)
0:44 (8:46)
Jake Dowell
9 63:32 214:18 7:04
9:14
0:03 (1:02)
0:35 (20:57)
  • Ribeiro continues to lead the team in just about every TOI category for the team. His TOI, PP TOI, SH TOI and average TOI for December were all season highs. He had his best statisical month of the season and led the team with 12 points (4 goals and 8 assists). His previous best was in the month of October when he had 1 goal and 7 assists.
  • Krys Barch played one game, the very first game in December against Ottawa, before getting traded to the Florida Panthers. He had 7:26 of ice time.
  • Vincour suffered a knee injury and missed the last seven games of the month. He had been seeing less ice time anyway once Adam Burish returned to the team.
  • With most of the forwards now healthy, Burish finds himself on the 4th line now. There's going to be a huge reduction in his ice time.
  • The Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak line is getting the consistent 14 minutes of ice time per game now. They've often been the best looking line on the ice for the Stars.
  • The PP times could change as Gulutzan went with an interesting 1st unit in the game against Boston. He had four forwards and Goligoski out there.

    Defensemen (Ordered by TOI/G)

    Player GP 
    TOI
    TOI (Season) TOI/G (November)
    TOI/G (October)
    PP TOI (season)
    SH TOI (season) Stephane Robidas   
    13 295:17
    550:26 22:43 23:11 31:27 (63:16) 38:25 (79:59)  
    Sheldon Souray
    13 280:23 508:39 21:34 20:45 29:54 (59:35)
    30:42 (58:08)
    Trevor Daley
    12 258:09 498:51 21:31 21:53 25:34 (55:59)
    38:25 (68:38)
    Nick Grossman
    13 264:35 408:18 20:21 17:58 0:27 (0:54)
    39:17 (57:00)
    Philip Larsen
    5 97:00 137:32 19:34 13:31 12:24 (12:24) 2:26 (4:18)
    Alex Goligoski
    4
    71:46 317:24 17:57 22:20
    9:46 (47:20)
    4:52 (18:12)
    Adam Pardy
    6 101:20 192:39 16:53 18:16 0:09 (0:09) 6:43 (12:36)
    Mark Fistric
    12 201:43 300:12 16:49 16:25 0:39 (0:39) 22:08 (41:11)
    • Goligoski was averaging about 21:30 minutes per game until his injury. He played only six minutes in the game he was injured in.
    • With the Goligoski injury, the big bump in minutes went to Nick Grossman. Grossman averaged about 3 more minutes per game and saw a substantial bump in time on the penalty-kill. He played only 17:43 of PK time in October. That shot up to 39:17 for the month of November, the most among all defensemen on the team.
    • Philip Larsen was called up to the team when Goligoski was injured but he didn't see any ice time for four games. His first game this month was on Nov. 21. He and Toby Peterson were replacements for Goligoski on the power-play. Larsen's numbers were bumped up because of a game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Stars suffered injuries to three guys (including Trevor Daley) in that game and were beaten 3-0. Larsen played 25:50 in that game, which didn't go into overtime. It's the most he's ever played at this level.
    • Mark Fistric played in all but one game but he didn't average a lot of ice time.
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