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Stars grab positive vibe entering holiday break

Monday, 12.22.2003 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Stars grab positive vibe entering holiday break



December 23, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

Some might think the timing isn't great for the holiday break, not with the roll the Stars have gotten on of late to get back into the playoff hunt.

Stars captain Mike Modano would disagree.

"There's never a bad time for rest," Modano said. "The time off does your mind and body good."

Right wing Bill Guerin would agree.

"Under normal circumstances (they might not want a break)," Guerin said. "But it's Christmas. You've got to have a couple of days off. It's nice that we won that game (Monday in Carolina). That makes it a lot better."

That it does, because the Stars can now go into their break thinking more positive thoughts, focusing their minds on what has gone right in the last six games as they have gone 4-1-1.

One thing that has really gone right in the stretch is the play of goaltender Marty Turco, who has been dominant for more than the six-game stretch.

Sure, he has allowed one goal or fewer in each of those six games, totaling just five allowed during the span. But during the last 15 games, Turco has given up two goals or fewer 13 times.

"Marty is too good and too strong mentally not to come back," Guerin said. "Even when we were losing, it probably wasn't Marty's fault. We just weren't scoring. He's been playing great for six weeks now. If we could just find the net more it would make things a lot better for us."

Another plus of the break is that the Stars will move closer to being completely healthy with the few days off. By then, young forward Steve Ott said, he expects to be back in the lineup from the strained back that has kept him out a week. Veteran goaltender Ron Tugnutt also said he expects to return from his knee injury potentially by the weekend.

Stars head coach Dave Tippett called both players day-to-day and said they "could be players" Friday against Nashville.

The best sign in recent games has been the emergence of the line of Modano, Jere Lehtinen and Brenden Morrow, easily the best line in each of the last two contests.

Combine that with the pairing of Guerin, Jason Arnott and Pierre Turgeon, and Dallas has had two dominant lines in the last week or so.

"Right now, the team is in a bit of a rhythm that way," Tippett said. "We've been searching for that rhythm all year."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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