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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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