The Stars have wrapped up their schedule for October and here is a look at some numbers as the month draws to a close.
*Obviously, special teams play has been a big plus for the Stars. And a big improvement over last season. They rank first in the league on the power play (30.8 percent) and second on the penalty kill (90.5 percent). Their combined power play and penalty kill percentage of 121.3 is tops in the league and well above coach Ken Hitchcock’s target of 105.
*Five-on-five play has been another matter. The Stars have been outscored 24-18 during five-on-five play and their five-on-five GF/GA percentage of 42.9 ranks 26th in the league.
*The Stars have gotten good production from the top line at five-on-five, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have combined for seven of the eleven goals and Mattias Janmark, Radek Faksa, and Tyler Pitlick have scored two each. But seven forwards have yet to score a five-on-five goal including Jason Spezza, Alexander Radulov, Martin Hanzal, Antoine Roussel, and Devin Shore. Spezza, Roussel, and Shore all are looking for their first goal in any situation.
*Overall scoring has been top heavy. Benn, Seguin, and Radulov have scored 18 of the team’s 34 goals (52.9 percent).
*The Stars have eight goals by defensemen which ranks fifth in the league. John Klingberg and Esa Lindell both have scored three. Dan Hamhuis and Stephen Johns have scored the other two goals. St. Louis leads the NHL with 14 goals by defensemen, Ottawa has ten and both Columbus and Tampa have nine.
*As a team, the Stars are tied for 19th in the league in scoring at 2.83 per game. After allowing just two goals in the past two games, they’ve climbed up to a tie for ninth in goals against at 2.75 per game.
*The Stars do well in the shots/shot attempts metrics. They are top ten in shot attempts percentage during five-on-five play, and top ten in overall shots and shots against per game.
*The team save percentage is 91.0 which is tied for 13th in the league. Not bad considering they ranked last in the league last season at 89.3 percent. Their five-on-five save percentage is 91.1 which ranks 23rd. The Stars rank fourth in shorthanded save percentage at 93.2.
*The Stars have been good on faceoffs, ranking eighth in the NHL at 52.0 percent. They were middle of the pack last season at 49.9 percent.
Here’s a look at some of the Stars’ team stats for October.
| Category||Stat||League Rank|
|5-on-5 GF/GA %||42.9 (18-24)||26th|
|Shot Attempts % (5-on-5)||51.66||7th|
|Shot Attempts % Close (5-on-5)||52.17||10th|
|Team Shooting %||8.5||20th|
|Team Save %||91.0||T-13th|
|Power play overall||30.8||1st|
|Power play home||18.8||12th|
|Power play road||39.1||2nd|
|Penalty kill overall||90.5||2nd|
|Penalty kill home||95.2||2nd|
|Penalty kill road||85.7||11th|
|PP + PK Percentage||121.3||1st|