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Modano Blog: Big Road Trip

Thursday, 03.27.2008 / 12:17 PM / Mike Modano Blog
By Michael Modano  - Center, Dallas Stars
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Modano Blog: Big Road Trip

Four games out west -- this is the type of road trip that will define us as a team. It’s a very important trip with our situation. We need to get some wins in order to secure our spot in the playoffs, but more important we have to get back to playing good hockey.

I like this team. It kind of reminds me of some of the teams from the 90s. We went through some of the same hardships in the mid-90s and bonded and learned how to win. The long playoff runs we had were a result of becoming a team.

And that’s what we have here. This team has some young guys who are learning about what it takes to win. And we’ve got some veterans who are stepping up and showing the way. Guys like Matti Norstrom and Stu Barnes.

Brad Richards has stepped right in and has meshed with our group. I like Richards as a teammate. I know we haven’t had the success we’ve all wanted since we added him, but he’s going to be good for us. It’s been very easy for him to fit in, and that starts with him. He’s a good guy and knows what it takes. I believe we’re going to turn things around and no doubt he’ll be a big part of it. And a big key is that Richards is not a rental player. He’s a guy that we can build with.

You can tell the guys like each other in this room and that is a positive sign for us. There is a lot of support and trust in this group. That’s one of the main positives about this team. There’s a will to go the extra mile for your teammates and the guys in the room. It says a lot about this team and that’s important.

Being on the road this week is good because distractions are not there. You do everything with your teammates -- eating, relaxing, practice, playing the games. Being a team becomes the focal point and this trip will certainly do us a lot of good. It comes at the right time for us as a team. We all know how tough these buildings are to play in on the road but we’ve had success here in the past. This situation will bring us closer even more.

The playoffs are right around the corner. It really doesn’t matter who we play or where. We just need to be ready to go. This trip can go a long way towards getting us ready to battle as a team.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 46 28 24 1 52
J. Benn 46 13 27 -3 40
J. Spezza 46 8 26 -4 34
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 46 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 46 11 11 -2 22
T. Daley 43 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 43 9 12 6 21
A. Hemsky 43 7 11 -5 18
J. Klingberg 32 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 10 7 .904 2.98
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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