After 41 games the Stars are 2nd in the West, while leading the Pacific Division. LA has an equal amount of points but we have 3 games in hand. The Stars are also second in the West based on winning percentage (Detroit 1st).
1) Mike Modano with 42
2) Brenden Morrow with 37
3) Jason Arnott with 35
4) Jere Lehtinen with 32 (missed 1 game)
5) Sergei Zubov with 31 (missed 2 games)
Well, 2003/2004 leading scorer Bill Guerin is still nowhere to be found. Jussi Jokinen and Stu Barnes have more points, including goals, than Big Dollar Bill. I don't think we'll see Bill go a sudden tear, but come on Bill, you're on pace for a whooping 16 goals.
1) Jere Lehtinen with 22 (10th in the NHL)
2) Mike Modano with 16
3) Brenden Morrow with 13
4) Jason Arnott with 12
5) Jokinen/Barnes with 10
No real surprises here (outside of ofcourse.. Bill Guerin). Well perhaps Stu Barnes stands out a bit. Problem with our goalscorers is that we never have a consistent threat, they are all as streaky as hell.
1) Modano/Zubov with 26
2) Brenden Morrow with 24
3) Jason Arnott with 23
3) Niko Kapanen with 16
5) Bill Guerin with 14 -) Jokinen/Boucher with 13
Good to see Morrow sticking up there in the assists category. He isn't a playmaker by any means but he gets the puck where he wants it to go by working hard. He's been great.. Niko Kapanen had 10 assists in a span of 11 games, he hasn't been productive offensively for a while now. And ofcourse, we see Bill Guerin being ranked for the first time. With 14 assists, Guerin only needs 59 in the second half to justify his paycheck.
We have no-one close to the NHL leaders in these main offensive categories. The Stars don't have a strictly offensive stud, the offense has been very spread out so far.
1) Mike Modano with a +19 (10th in the NHL)
2) Brenden Morrow with a +16 (21st in the NHL)
3) Stephane Robidas +13 (29th in the NHL)
4) Arnott/Boucher with a +10
5) Lehtinen/Zubov with a +9
John Erskine was last on the team with a -7 the last time we did a statistical update. He now is a -3. Niko Kapanen, arguably our 3rd best defensive forward, is last with a -9. Interesting to note though, Mike Modano with his +19 ranks for 10th in the NHL. He's the only Star in the top 20, which is dominated by high flying offensive trios. Makes Mike stand out a bit more in there..
Penalties in minutes:
1) Steve Ott with 91 PIMS (7th in the NHL)
2) Brenden Morrow with 89 PIMS (9th in the NHL)
3) Bill Guerin with 86 PIMS (12th in the NHL)
4) Jason Arnott with 63 PIMS
5) John Erskine with 62 PIMS (26 games) -) Philippe Boucher with 45 PIMS (28 games)
The Stars are now the 3rd most penalized team in the National Hockey League, only trailing Chicago and Ottawa. We were first at the quarter mark. We've also lead the NHL in fighting majors since the get go.
1) Brenden Morrow with 123 (2nd in the NHL, 1st among forwards)
2) Stephane Robidas with 95 (12th in the NHL, 7th among D-men)
3) Steve Ott with 81 hits (25th in the NHL, 11th among forwards)
4) Antti Miettinen with 66 (5th among rookies)
5) Philippe Boucher with 56 (in 28 games)
Only Zdeno Chara has more hits than Brenden Morrow. Funny thing is, at the quarter mark, Brenden had 61 hits, and now had precisely 61 more in the second quarter. He's been a beast so far and actually had 13 hits vs the Ducks a few nights ago. Our top four in hits are actually four of our smaller players. They average 5'11. With so many players in the top, I think it's safe to say the Stars have been one of the most physical teams this year..
1) Mike Modano with 44 (3rd in the NHL, first among forwards)
2) Stu Barnes with 29 (14th among forwards)
3) Sergei Zubov with 25
4) Jason Arnott with 23
5) Morrow with 22[/I]
-) Daley/Kapanen with 21
-) Jere Lehtinen with 20
Nothing shocking here. Modano is always among the top take away leaders in the NHL. Didn't think Arnott would be this high though.
1) Mike Modano with 49 (7th in the NHL)
2) Brenden Morrow with 48 (8th in the NHL)
3) Sergei Zubov with 42 (23rd in the NHL)
4) Guerin/Skoula with 41 (24th in the NHL)
5) Jason Arnott with 33 (67th in the NHL)
Zubov went from 7th on the team, to 3rd and 23rd in the NHL during the 2nd quarter. Modano is a playmaker so natural he is bound to turn it over occasionally, but he makes up for it in a big way with his take aways. The same can not be said for Morrow or Boucher though. But the stats guys at the AAC seem to record give aways very easily..
1) Jon Klemm with 79 (25th in the NHL)
2) Philippe Boucher with 61 (in 29 games)
3) Trevor Daley with 58 (64th in the NHL)
4) Stephane Robidas with 43
5) Zubov/Erskine with 39
"No one close to the leaders of the NHL in this regard, but I think we've seen some steady improvements in our defensive gameplan, so Boucher and Klemm might move up a bit as the season goes on."
And they have, Klemm in particular. He's been a rock in the second quarter, blocking shots like a maniac. Boucher had 8 vs the Ducks last week, when healthy he's a very quality shotblocker as well. And Again, Daley with 58 blocked shots slightly indicates how solid he's been defensively so far.
1) Jason Arnott at 50.2%
2) Stu Barnes at 49.8%
3) Mike Modano at 49.2%
4) Niko Kapanen at 47.7
5) Steve Ott at 46.3
Definitely an area we need to improve on. We've always been struggling somewhat on the draw, but with Modano so inconsistent in the circle it only makes it worse. Modano is usually floating between 52/57%..
- Jere Lehtinen now ranks second in the NHL in game winning goals
- Sergei Zubov is 6th in the NHL in minutes played per game.
- With 4 for 4, Jussi Jokinen is leading all NHL players in the shootout category.
- The Stars have the 19th best Power Play.
- The Stars have the 9th best Penalty Kill
- The Stars are 8th in the NHL in goals per game, (19th last year).
- The Stars are 6th in the NHL in goals against, (2nd last year)
- The Stars are 4th in winning games when trailling after the first period.
- The Stars are 1st in winning games when they lead after the first period.
- The Stars have only allowed 34 goals in the 3rd period, 2nd best in the NHL (Ottawa first).
- The Stars goals for per period: 40 - 48 - 46, pretty consistent.
- The Stars goals against per period: 35 - 38 - 34, again very consistent.
- The Stars are one of 3 unbeaten teams in the shootout.
- With a 14-4-1 record, the Stars are the 2nd best road team in the NHL (best in the West).
- And yup, with a 13-8-1 record, the Stars have the worst home record among all current playoff teams.