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Tuesday, 01.06.2004 / 12:00 AM / News
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Modano, Morrow both doubtful for Thursday



January 6, 2004

By J. Douglas Foster

Uncertainty already loomed with the Stars concerning the injury status of their captain.

They now have the same uncertainty concerning their most consistent player this season.

While Mike Modano's injured groin hasn't made enough improvement to move him past "doubtful" status for Thursday's game against Atlanta, the same tag can now be placed on left wing Brenden Morrow, who left Monday's game in Anaheim with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Placing a timetable on the return for either, at this point, is virtually impossible. We just know now that it's not likely either will be in the lineup against the Thrashers.

"Mike is making some progress," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said. "But those pulled muscles take time to heal."

As far as Morrow is concerned, Tippett said he would be back on skates most likely "as soon as he can deal with the pain."

While we wait to find out their return dates, it appears that defenseman John Erskine is close to a return from his ankle injury as he skated Tuesday for the third consecutive day.

This day of skating, Erskine said, was much more intense than the previous two. In fact, he feels as if he is almost completely healed from the second-degree ankle sprain he suffered just more than a week ago.

"Today was the best it has felt," Erskine said. "I think I'm ready to go right now. I'll go to practice tomorrow and see how it feels, but every day it gets a little bit better."

Tippett said the team could now place Erskine in the "day-to-day" category, and that he would practice with the team Wednesday.

Defenseman Philippe Boucher doesn't have a serious injury, but did miss Monday's game in Anaheim with the flu. He is listed as questionable for Thursday's game.

The combination, Tippett said, is just all part of being an NHL team.

"Every team goes through injuries," he said. "You've got to have the ability to overcome them."

Another thing the Stars hope to overcome is their recent inability to turn third-period leads into victories and, in turn, two points in the standings.

Three times in the last four games the Stars have led, only to see the opponent get the tying goal. The key to stopping that trend, Tippett said, is pushing forward to turn one-goal leads into a two-goal advantage.

"That's the difference between a close game and taking control of a game," Tippett said. "A two-goal lead in the third period enables a team to take control of a game."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 47 28 25 2 53
J. Benn 47 14 28 -2 42
J. Spezza 47 8 27 -4 35
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 47 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 47 11 11 -3 22
T. Daley 44 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 44 9 12 5 21
A. Hemsky 44 7 11 -6 18
J. Klingberg 33 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
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