Modano Weekly Wrap-up: Tuesday, October 22
Mike Modano played “set-up man” this past week with five
assists in four games, four of them on the power play. In two road contests, against Minnesota and
St. Louis, Modano was the obvious focus of the opponent which played its top
checking and speed lines to try and contain him. At home, Modano seemingly owned the ice, playing at warp speed
while buzzing around the ice setting up his teammates and controlling the flow
of the games. After two weeks, Modano
led all NHL forwards in average ice time with 27:23, nearly four minutes ahead
of second place Rob Brind’Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes (23:24).
Tuesday, October 15 vs. Edmonton (W, 3-0)
Power play assist
19:29 of ice time, 22 shifts
6 of 20 faceoffs won (30%)
Zero shots on goal
Modano has become Dallas’ primary face-off specialist,
a valuable role most recently assumed by ex-Stars’ Guy Carbonneau and Joe
Nieuwendyk. Over the first few games,
he led the NHL with an average of 30.3 faceoffs per game.
Mike will be featured prominently in The Hockey News issue available at
newsstands the week of October 21.
Roy’s Newsstand off I-635 at the intersection of Webb Chapel and Forest
Lane seems to get the latest issues the earliest in DFW, placing them on the
shelves every Tuesday.
“On the one hand, it’s kind of tough because it’s just
another thing you have to worry about.
But, on the other hand, it puts you on the ice in key situations when
the game is being decided, and I like that.”
Modano in reference to his leadership role
Thursday, October 17 at Minnesota (L, 1-3)
21:48 of ice time, 29 shifts
16 of 27 faceoffs won (59%)
Two shots on goal
Prior to the game, officials from the Minnesota Wild
sent over the gloves Mike wore in his first season with the North Stars to be
signed for display at the Wild’s hockey museum.
With approximately 1:30 left in the game, Modano won a
crucial face-off in the Wild zone, swept around to the front of the net and was
robbed of the game-tying goal by a spectacular save from ex-Dallas Star goalie,
“Mike Modano has been key to the penalty kill that has been
so good early this season.”
Stars’ announcer Daryl Reaugh
Saturday, October 19 at St. Louis (L, 3-5)
Power play assist
20:57 of ice time, 27 shifts
14 of 25 faceoffs won (56%)
Three shots on goal
Starting line featured Brenden Morrow on Modano’s left
wing instead of Ulf Dahlen, but on the unit’s second shift, Dahlen was back at
his familiar spot with Modano and Guerin.
“It’s been a little frustrating trying to get into the flow
of the game (with all the penalties), but (Coach Dave) Tippett has tried to
keep everyone in the game. We just have
to stay patient. He has brought a
relaxed attitude and let’s us get ready on our own. That’s a big difference between a coach that has played (in the
NHL) versus one who didn’t.”
Modano during a first intermission
Sunday, October 20 vs. Washington (W, 5-2)
Three assists, two on the power play
24:23 of ice time, 34 shifts
22 of 34 faceoffs won (64%)
2 shots on goal
For the first time this season, Modano’s line was
adjusted with Brendan Morrow playing on his left wing and Ulf Dahlen switching
to the right side.
After a frustrating team performance in St. Louis on
Saturday, Modano and other team leaders stepped up their games in front of the
home crowd. Modano was buzzing all over
the ice determined to keep the momentum on the Stars’ side. An early double minor against the Capitals
led to two power play goals with primary assists from Modano, the first to Bill
Guerin and the second to Daryl Sydor.
Demonstrating his unselfish play and team leadership,
Modano gave up an easy empty-net goal opportunity by dishing off to Jere
Lehtinen who netted the team’s fifth goal of the evening with only 17 second
Mike received the second star of the game.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, October 24 at Calgary (8:00, Ch. 27)
Saturday, October 26 at Vancouver (9:00, Ch. 27)
Monday, October 28 at Edmonton (8:00, FSN)
Be sure to check back Tuesday to read the summary of these games!