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12-08-2010, 10:52 AM
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The main difference is actually Brad Richards.

2010-2011 PP TOI/60: 5.53
2009-2010 PP TOI/60: 4.73

Needless to say, Richards leads the league in PP TOI/60 this year. Crosby and Malkin are the only other guys who are even close to him.

There comes a point where so much ice time is too much. The skating slows down, the mind fatigues. Also, who is drawing the best checking and worst matchups on the road and having to fight through them at even strength? Richards. It adds up.

As soon the Stars go on the PP they are essentially playing 4v4. They don't really have much of an advantage at all. Richards is doing the best he can certainly, but with negligible support or help from the defense he's going to be overtaxed and the PP as a whole will be ineffective. The 5th man on the PP can't be a black hole. This is why Larsen is so important to the team's success this season.

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12-08-2010, 12:29 PM
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It's true, and it doesn't help the PP strategy lately has been "get it to Richards and have him fire from the point and hope for a screen/deflection." No other variety. It's becoming easy to ready/counter. The other pointman needs to be able to drive it, which we all know only Robi can.

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12-08-2010, 12:55 PM
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Yeah the powerplay is way too Richards heavy. He's really not the type thats particularly great at being back there and dictating the entire pp. He's more of a get the puck fling it on net repeatedly type. There are times when the other pointman isn't even part of the powerplay, he pretty much stands around waiting. It also doesn't help that Richards isnt particularly good at keeping pucks in the zone so the other dman can't really pinch in deep.

Another problem, which aint getting corrected any time soon, is our lack of right shots. At most we have one right shot on the powerplay and thats the other dman who cant pinch. Powerplays are all about getting the dmen on the other team to bite and exploiting them being out of position. Not having right shot forwards means you don't have guys who can set up for onetimers and get those shots off before the dmen recover.

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And it begins...

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http://espn.go.com/blog/DallasStars/...hman-called-up
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Kari Lehtonen will not play tonight against Chicago due to some tightness in his lower body. Andrew Raycroft will start tonight.

The Dallas Stars will also be calling up Richard Bachman from the Texas Stars of the AHL to back up Raycroft.

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12-08-2010, 01:51 PM
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12-08-2010, 01:53 PM
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Yeah unlike last year the slide for Adam Larsson begins from a much loftier perch. If they can't beat Chicago without Hossa and Kane tonight this little run they've been on might be more indicative of a favorable schedule than the Stars themselves turning the corner.

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12-08-2010, 01:55 PM
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Please let this be something very minor

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12-08-2010, 01:56 PM
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Oh god this is going to be scary... well at least Bachman is getting rewarded for his stellar play in the AHL. Raycroft tonight, Bachman on Friday, I'd guess.

So who is left in Austin? Krahn and Besko?

And honestly I think it's just from being overworked.

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12-08-2010, 02:23 PM
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With the baby Stars in Rockford, maybe they figured they shouldn't even suit him up and just call up a back up. Not like Rockford is that far or anything.

Maybe? Wishful thinking?

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12-08-2010, 02:24 PM
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With the baby Stars in Rockford, maybe they figured they shouldn't even suit him up and just call up a back up. Not like Rockford is that far or anything.

Maybe? Wishful thinking?
That seems the most likely scenario rather than wishful thinking.

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12-08-2010, 03:45 PM
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There is no way Bachman gets a start unless Raycroft is injured too.

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12-08-2010, 04:16 PM
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There is no way Bachman gets a start unless Raycroft is injured too.
Don't jinx it.

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12-08-2010, 04:23 PM
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It did happen once already. When Turco got injured, we called up Stephan. Smith got the flu therefore Stephan ended up playing. Why not again?? LOL

man I miss Tobi

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12-08-2010, 05:20 PM
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I'm just glad it was listed as a lower body injury. I'd definitely be more worried if it was listed as upper body since he's had all those back issues the past couple of years.

Hopefully this is just minor and he'll be back soon.

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12-08-2010, 05:26 PM
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12-08-2010, 05:49 PM
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Don't jinx it.
Hey, do you want Larssen or not?

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I won't be concerned until he misses more than a week or two, but I'm pragmatic like that. If it's tightness, then it's tightness and the prescription is always rest. You worry if it becomes chronic, but why freak out until it has proven itself to actually be chronic?

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This was the risk with kari, great goaly when focused, but injury proned..

we have to be cautious, i have confidence in raycroft for the next two to three games.

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Great interview in the pre-game show by Burish and Razor.

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12-08-2010, 07:32 PM
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Hawks in their 3rds tonight.

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First underway. Go Stars.

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12-08-2010, 07:43 PM
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Rob Clinkhammer? Surely I spelt that wrong, but awesome name.

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They score. Right away. Was going to be a penalty but somehow that got in.

Bickell. 1-0 Hawks.



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12-08-2010, 07:44 PM
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Our Goals Against will drop by about a dozen when we finally get rid of Daley.

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Turco spotted on da bench, looking as sad as ever.

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