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2011 Stars Schedule: The 1st-Place Stars Look To Open Up Lead In Pacific Division

The Dallas Stars close out the month of October on top of the Western Conference with 18 points and lead the Pacific Division with an 8-3 record.

The Dallas Stars are tied for the most points in the Western Conference and sit atop the standings in the Pacific Division with an 8-3 record after one month in the NHL season. The Stars get a much needed five days off and have just two games against the Colorado Avalanche (7-4) and the Carolina Hurricanes (4-4) this week.

The success of the Stars has been an eye-opener, and Defending Big D's Josh Lile had some interesting commentary following the Stars victory over the New Jersey Devils:

We're reaching the point where we need to start wondering if this team is for real. They're improving, and out chancing their opponents. If you generate more chances than the guys on the other side you're more likely to score more goals, and most importantly, win more games. The Stars are winning, and as a wise man once said "the numbers don't lie".

Here are your statistical leaders through October 31:

POINTS

Jamie Benn, 10
Loui Eriksson, 9

GOALS

Loui Eriksson, 6
Shelden Souray, 3
Michael Ryder, 3

ASSISTS

Jamie Benn, 8
Mike Ribeiro, 7

PENALTY MINUTES

Sheldon Souray, 27
Steve Ott, 25

GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE

Kari Lehtonen, 1.75

For more insights on the Stars, check out SB Nation's Dallas Stars blog Defending Big D.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.