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Power play was historically bad

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--On the power play, the Stars were simply abysmal (33 for 244), converting at a rate of just 13.5 percent. Not only do those numbers rank the Dallas PP dead last in the NHL this season, they also put this year's Stars power play as the worst in franchise history. Not since their days in Minnesota have the Stars had a power play so woefully ineffective. The 1972-73 and 1973-74 North Stars finished with just 37 power play goals, but those totals came in only 78 games. The 1975-76 North Stars also converted just 14.5 percent of their power plays, the worst mark in franchise history before this year.

--The Stars had three players -- Loui Eriksson, Vernon Fiddler and Michael Ryder -- skate in all 82 games this season. Eriksson delivered his third straight season with at least 70 points while Fiddler was an anchor in the middle of Dallas' checking line and fellow newcomer Ryder had a career-high and team-leading 35 points in his first year with the Stars.

"Certainly durability is a real good thing in a hockey player, but those guys, not only are they durable but they play in the hard areas," Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "You look where Loui scores his goals. You look what Fiddler does for a living, and Ryder is a guy that likes to play along the walls and in front of the net. They're not playing quiet zones out there to get by, either, so it's even better. Yeah, those three guys, it's good to have players like that who are durable."

Dallas had four players (Trevor Daley, Brenden Morrow, Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro) skate in all 82 games last season. None of them repeated that feat this year. Of the four, Ribeiro came closest, appearing in 74 games.

"I think it was pretty solid. I think he learned a lot. He's going to grow with the team that we're going to hopefully put together in the next few years. Always viewed him as a guy who's going to be a long-term coach. You have to go through some bumps in order to move ahead, and I think he experienced some bumps in order to move ahead and I think he experienced some bumps this year, but we're all going to push forward together." -- General manager Joe Nieuwendyk on how he would rate the performance of Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan in his first year, in which the club finished 42-35-5 with 89 points.

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