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Stars grab positive vibe entering holiday break

Tuesday, 12.23.2003 / 12:00 AM / 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."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 49 32 13 4 160 120 68
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 50 18 26 6 116 170 42
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 49 28 28 1 56
J. Benn 49 16 29 -2 45
J. Spezza 49 9 27 -6 36
T. Daley 46 12 13 -8 25
J. Klingberg 35 9 15 9 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 49 1 22 9 23
A. Roussel 49 11 11 -2 22
C. Eakin 46 9 13 7 22
A. Hemsky 46 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 21 11 7 .905 2.96
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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