it took a team effort drop the Stars’ defensive numbers into the NHL’s cellar



VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Stars are on pace to have the worst goaltending numbers in the NHL this season, but players and coaches say those stats have been earned by the entire team.

While Dallas sat 30th in goals against average at 3.29 and 30th in save percentage at .892 heading into Thursday’s game at Vancouver, Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap and Antti Niemi jersey cheap have maybe faced higher percentage scoring chances than any other goalies in the league.

“It goes a lot deeper,” captain Jamie Benn jersey cheap said. “They’re an easy target to pick on, because if you see the Dallas Stars jersey cheap are giving up 5, 6, 7 goals a night, everybody points a finger at the goalies first. But it’s 18 other guys playing in front of them, and it’s on all of us.”

The goaltending/team defense issue has been front and center during a stretch Cheap Jerseys from China
that has been the worst of the season. Dallas has been outscored 17 4 in losses to Ottawa, San Jose and Edmonton and has used both goalies in all three games. The Stars have pulled their goaltender 13 times, most in the NHL.

That’s part of the structure of having two goalies who are equal, and coach Lindy Ruff said a lot of his moves have been to motivate the team, not to punish the goalie.

“The goaltender didn’t leave the guy uncovered at the side of the net. The goaltender wasn’t the one who didn’t get in the lane on the penalty kill,” Ruff said after a 7 1 loss Tuesday at Edmonton. “Let’s spread it around a little bit here. We need more from them, but we need more from the leaders of the team.”

Ruff said the leading scorers have been trying to create scoring too much at times and have been guilty of allowing opponents to go on the counterattack. Benn played a role in the first two goals in San Jose en route to a 5 1 loss Sunday. Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap had a turnover that put the Stars on the penalty kill and turned into a game changing goal against Edmonton.

Patrick Sharp jersey cheap leads the Stars at minus 20, Spezza is minus 16, Tyler Seguin jersey cheap is minus 15 and Benn is minus 9. Those are the four worst on the team. Ruff said he would like to see the top players playing with the intensity of fourth liners such as Curtis McKenzie jersey cheap and Adam Cracknell jersey cheap, and that could create not only fewer chances against but maybe more puck possession and attack zone time.

“The model for us are the McKenzies and Cracknells. They’re really out there trying to prove they can be an everyday NHLer, and the 100 percent [they give] doesn’t drop off on any shift,” Ruff said.

“Our best players have got to do the right things. Sometimes that’s boring or hard, because the other team is trying to check you, the other team is trying to catch you from behind, the other team is trying to make it tough on you.”

And while the Stars might be changing coaching staffs at the end of the season, Ruff said he believes in the system that allowed Dallas to post 50 wins last year. He said he is going to push his team to be aggressive and play hard at both ends of the ice until the season is over.

“I know it’s hard, but we had a lot of Success jersey cheap with that format last year, and I’m not changing now,” Ruff said. “If one piece is missing inside our D zone, our D zone isn’t that good. But if every piece is there doing their job, it can be hard to create against us.”

“As hard as it is right now, you have to play for each other and play as a team,” Lehtonen said. “If even a couple of guys let down, it just doesn’t work. You need everybody at this level pulling the same rope, and that means goalies have to do their part too.”.

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Jordie Benn jersey cheap was quick with the self deprecating humor Monday when asked about facing his brother Jamie for the first time when the Stars play the Montreal Canadiens jersey cheap.

“Probably, when he steps on the ice, I’ll get yelled at to get off,” Jordie joked. “So I’ll be on the bench watching him play.”

The reference is to coaches’ wanting the best defenders out against the best players, and Jordie doesn’t rate quite high enough to go head to head with his Art Ross Trophy winning Young jersey cheaper brother. But the fact that Jordie is doing quite well since being traded away from Jamie isn’t lost on either sibling.

When the two face off for the first time at any level Tuesday in Montreal, there will be much focus on the physical battle between the brothers and best friends. But just as important is that Jordie has been making his own name since a February trade split them up.

“I’m excited that he can be his own person now,” Jamie told reporters in Montreal.

Jordie added: “He’s one of my biggest fans. I think he’s proud that I’m here and doing my own thing now.”

Jamie, who is two years Young jersey cheaper than Jordie, blazed a path out of junior hockey after being drafted by the Stars in 2007. The gifted winger helped Kelowna to the Memorial Cup finals, helped the Texas Stars to the AHL finals and quickly became captain of the NHL Stars. He rocketed to stardom, eventually winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Olympics.

Jordie followed him to the Dallas area, moving in with Jamie and catching on with the CHL’s Allen Americans in 2009. A defensive defenseman, Jordie eventually earned promotions to the Texas Stars and then all the way up to the NHL. With Jordie serving as a seventh defenseman and getting his share of healthy scratches, many speculated that he got the job simply to keep his brother happy.

But along the way, Jordie proved the doubters wrong. He earned playing time over Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap, Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap and Stephen Johns, and when the Canadiens decided they needed some help on defense, they traded for him.

In his 12 games since the trade, Jordie has two goals and is averaging almost 17 minutes of ice time per game. More important, the Canadiens have gone 8 3 1 with Benn in the lineup and re established themselves as Stanley Cup contenders.

“Now he can be Jordie Benn jersey cheap and not Jamie Benn jersey cheap’s brother,” Jamie said after the trade. “I think this is going to be great for him, and he can move on and move forward with his career. And I’m excited to see what happens with him.”

The two played together on hockey and baseball teams in their youth on Vancouver Island and have been pretty much inseparable since. So it’s going to be different for them facing off against each other. While they smile at the thought of the battle, both are competitive enough to make their first meeting pretty intense.

But when the game is over, they’ll still call each other pretty much every day and root for Success jersey cheap on different teams.

“It was tough to see him go, but it was fun to experience the NHL life while we had the time together,” Jamie said.

“It was a fun roller coaster in Dallas, but it’s a new adventure now,” Jordie said.

An adventure in which the older brother might just get a spotlight of his own.

Lehtonen named NHL’s second NHL Jerseys China
star: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap was named second star of the week by the NHL. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov jersey cheap was first star and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf jersey cheap was third star.

Lehtonen went 3 0 1 with a 0.98 GAA and .959 save percentage. He earned his 36th career shutout in the process.

Benn brothers philosophical about trade that breaks them up



“It was pretty hectic. He was out of here pretty quick,” Jamie Benn jersey cheap said. “He was just packing his bag and receiving phone calls. I just wished him good luck.”

But the Stars captain said he believes that his older brother could benefit from the separation.

“I told him that last night,” Jamie Benn jersey cheap said Tuesday morning. “Now he can be Jordie Benn jersey cheap and not Jamie Benn jersey cheap’s brother. I think this is going to be great for him, and he can move on and move forward with his career. And I’m excited to see what happens with him.”

Jordie Benn jersey cheap has been one of the Stars’ more consistent depth defensemen for years, but fans have called him a product of nepotism. With Montreal acquiring Jordie Benn jersey cheap hoping he can help them win a Stanley Cup, it shows he has value with another organization. And even Jordie Benn jersey cheap admits that gives him an opportunity to prove himself.

“I get that a lot in Dallas, I’m hidden behind a superstar, which is true, my brother’s an amazing player.” Jordie Benn jersey cheap told the media in Montreal Tuesday. “So yeah, I just get to come here and I get to be Jo Benn, and not Jamie Benn jersey cheap’s brother.”

Still, the 300 plus games the two played together in Dallas were a dream come true. Jamie Benn jersey cheap was a fifth round draft pick in 2007 and started playing for the Stars in 2009. Jordie Benn jersey cheap moved in with his brother and started playing with the CHL’s Allen Americans. A strong run by Jordie in Allen created an opening with the AHL’s Texas Stars, and the older brother started his climb.

In 2011 12, he played Wholesale NHL Jerseys
three games with Dallas in the NHL. Then, 26 games the next season. Then, 78 in 2013 14. Through each season, he was supposed to be beat out by Young jersey cheaper defensemen. Through each season, he won the job.

It was an impressive display.

“He definitely worked his way up through the system, it was good to see,” Jamie Benn jersey cheap said. “He’s a hard working guy and he’s got a great opportunity to go win a cup on a great team in a great organization.”

Jordie Benn jersey cheap believes he can make his mark in Montreal.

“I skate well. I penalty kill. I’m physical when I can be. I just try and do what a stay at home D man is supposed to do, and that’s get the puck to the forwards and let them do the work,” Jordie Benn jersey cheap told Montreal media. “Obviously, I have personal ties with my brother being there, but we’re big boys now and we know what could happen. Hopefully, I can help the team win and hopefully I can play 300 or 400 games in Montreal. I’m just a kid living a dream and obviously to play in Montreal is pretty exciting.”

As for Jamie Benn jersey cheap, he has to help the Stars move forward through a disappointing season and help them get back on their feet before next year. He said his feeling Tuesday was thankful he and his brother were able to play together so long.

“It was fun while it lasted,” Benn said. “I wished him luck. He’s got a great opportunity going to Montreal and playing for a great team. We’re going to move forward here, and he’s going to move on.”

Of course, the schedule makers do have the Stars playing at Montreal on March 28. That would be the first time the Benn brothers face off against each other at any level of competition.

Benn and Ruff to represent Dallas Stars in 2016 NHL All



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Despite leading the Western Conference in scoring by defensemen, John Klingberg jersey cheap was not selected. The new format allows only six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies from each conference, and all seven teams have to be represented.

Dallas Stars jersey cheap captain Jamie Benn jersey cheap and forward Tyler Seguin jersey cheap were named to the 2016 All Star Game roster today, while Wholesale Jerseys China
Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff will serve as Head Coach of the Central Division squad. This marks the first time that two Stars players have been selected for the All Star Game since the 2011 All Star Game when forwards Brad Richards jersey cheap and Loui Eriksson jersey cheap earned All Star honors. The 2016 All Star Game and festivities will take place from Jan. 30 31 in Nashville, Tenn.

Benn currently leads the NHL with 24 goals and ranks second in the League with 52 points (24 28=52) in 42 games. He also ranks third in the NHL with 10 power play goals and is tied for third with a +18 plus/minus rating. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has scored a League leading 18 goals on home ice and paces the NHL with 33 points (18 15=33) in 20 games at home. was named the NHL’s First Star for October after opening the 2015 16 campaign with a six game point streak (6 4=10) and recording League highs in goals (9) and points (17) in 11 games during the opening month of the season. Benn was also named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Nov. 30. This marks the captain’s second All Star Game appearance, as Benn also took part in the 2012 All Star Game where he won the Accuracy Shooting portion of the All Star Skills Competition.

Seguin is tied for second in the NHL with 23 goals this season and ranks third in the League with 50 points (23 27=50) in 42 games. The Brampton, Ont. native also ranks sixth in the League with 27 assists. Seguin currently leads the NHL with 15 road goals this season and is tied for second with 25 points (15 10=25) in 22 games on the road.

Seguin was named the NHL’s Second Star for the week ending Oct. 19, recording seven points (3 4=7) in three games, including a four point outing (2 2=4) on Oct. 17 against Florida. The forward was also named the Second Star for the week ending Nov. 9, earning seven points (4 3=7) in four games, including posting his seventh career hat trick (3 0=3) on Nov. 3 against his former team, the Boston Bruins jersey cheap. Seguin is making his third All Star Game appearance, having previously been named to the event in 2012 and 2015.

Ruff has guided the Stars to a Western Conference leading 60 points with a 28 10 4 record through the first 42 games this season. Dallas’ 28 10 4 record marks the second best in Stars franchise history through 42 games, trailing only the 1998 99 squad (27 8 7, 61 points). Now in his third season with the club, Ruff has amassed a 109 72 25 record in 206 games behind the Stars bench.

The Warburg, Alta. native holds an overall record of 680 504 187 in 1,371 regular season games coached with Dallas and the Buffalo Sabres jersey cheap. The 2006 Jack Adams Award winner served as an associate coach for the gold medal winning Canadian teams at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This marks Ruff’s third trip to the All Star Game as Head Coach, as he also served as bench boss at the 1999 and 2007 All Star Games.