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Stars grab positive vibe entering holiday break

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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 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
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