Lindy Ruff has always liked using skilled players on his penalty kill so it’s no surprise that the new Stars coach was using Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin as a penalty killing forward pair Tuesday morning at practice and said he would like to start using them in games on a regular basis.

“I just think that it’s going to be one of my responsibilities to turn them into the type of players who can be in those tough situations” Ruff said. “And with Tyler’s speed and Jamie’s speed…you get opportunities penalty killing and if your best players are on the ice they can turn those opportunities into shorthanded goals for you.”

Just as important as squeezing some offense out of key situations Ruff simply likes how having some flexibility on the penalty kill can solve a lot of problems. The Stars on Saturday were shorthanded seven times and neither Benn nor Seguin got on the ice. That messed with their rhythm at an important time of the game.

“In that St. Louis game they had to sit on the bench too long” Ruff said. “That’s too long for your best players to be sitting there. They need to be out there competing in the shorthanded situations. It keeps their motor running.”

Ruff said he has fond memories of Chris Drury becoming a solid penalty killer in Buffalo and he points to players like Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron as good role models for Benn and Seguin.

“Those are the names I refer to when I talk to them and they are both excited to get this opportunity” Ruff said.

Seguin said he was hoping to get the chance to kill penalties in Boston this year so he’s looking forward to filling that role with the Stars.

“I’ve always wanted to do it” Seguin said. “I was a good penalty killer in junior so it’s something I think I can do. I think I have the basic tools to be a good penalty killer. I’m learning a lot this season and I’m getting better at the center position and it’s all just building. I think the chemistry with Jamie is building and this can only help.”

Seguin played a total of 22 seconds shorthanded last season and that officially averages 0:00 per game. Benn averaged 26 seconds shorthanded last season down from 41 seconds per game in 2011-12 and 1:37 in 2010-11.

“I definitely want to do it” Benn said. “I got a little chance earlier in my career to play on the penalty kill and I’ve PK’d on almost every team I’ve ever played on. I love it. It’s a chance to go out and help the team and also maybe a chance to score a goal or two.”