Modano Weekly Wrap-up: Tuesday, December 3
The Stars managed one of everything this past week – a win, a tie and a loss
– while Mike Modano had a relatively quiet week by his standards with one goal
and two assists. Only the play of New York Rangers goalie Dan Blackburn in
the middle game kept Modano from a bigger statistical week as the young
netminder robbed the veteran on three shots from point-blank
Wednesday, November 27 vs. Minnesota (W, 5-0)
One goal, one assist
20:27 of ice time, 19
6:52 power play
14 of 21 faceoffs
Two shots on goal
• Modano vs. Minnesota, career: nine games, four goals, two
assists, six points
• Modano’s line got the Stars off to a fast start
with goals in the first 12:10 of the game.
“While Modano has joked about the revolving door on his line over the years,
he’s been blessed with talent – notably Brett Hull and Jere Lehtinen. This
group (Dahlen-Modano-Guerin) may be as formidable, and certainly more
physical. Guerin and Modano have expanded on their chemistry forged
playing for the United States in the Olympics and World Cup. Physical,
fast and unafraid to shoot, Guerin has complimented Modano’s playmaking
Dallas Morning News
Friday, November 29 vs. New York Rangers (T, 3-3)
27:17 of ice time, 25 shifts
12 of 24 faceoffs won (50%)
shots on goal
• Modano vs. NY Rangers, career: 24 games, seven goals, 14
assists, 21 points
Mike was featured in the weekly “Two Minutes With…” column in the Dallas
DMN: You have become a real fan of the one-piece sticks made with carbon
fibers where the blade is molded to the exact curve that you prefer. How
do you like the new Cyclor that came out just last month?
Modano: It’s an amazing stick. It’s light. It’s consistent.
Obviously, if you ask anybody, you can shoot the puck a lot harder and
quicker. It’s a great stick. Right now, it has the most consistency
of any stick.
DMN: They have injected silicone into the blade on these new ones to allow
for better control of the puck. Has that helped?
Modano: They tried to soften the blade up a little bit. I think the one
big complaint about the Synergy (stick) was the real hard blade, the puck having
a tendency to bounce off it. I think this in a way cushions the blade a
little more, limits the puck from bouncing around.
DMN: You’re one of the few people who hasn’t complained about the new
crackdown on obstruction. Do you like the way the games are being
Modano: I think, more or less, the teams are starting to understand it and
really trying to learn. There’s a lot more skating. Players are
skating with players rather than trying to hold on or slow them down. I
think for the most part, teams are starting to change the way they play.
DMN: Dave Tippett came in with a reputation as a power play specialist.
Has he changed the way you do things on the power play?
Modano: In the past, we were in such a rush to get the puck to the net, crash
the net. But that’s why they’re called two-minute penalties, because we
have time to work it around. We’re not forcing everything. We work
on it a lot, and just to know where everybody is going to be on the ice helps a
lot. If you don’t have the time to get your head up and look, you know
where those guys are going to be, to relieve pressure, make the plays, get the
shot through to the net.
Saturday, November 30 at Nashville (L, 2-5)
17:55 of ice time, 20
0:58 power play
11 of 20 faceoffs
Two shots on goal
• Modano vs. Nashville, career: 16 games, 12 goals, six
assists, 18 points
• The entire team lost its cool in a crazy
second-period stretch where the Stars saw four players in the penalty box at one
time, including Modano. They were forced to play two-men down for a long
stretch. To send a message to the team leaders, Coach Tippett did not send
Modano and captain Derian Hatcher into the third period until the 15:35
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, December 4 vs. Montreal (FSN, 7:30)
Friday, December 6 vs.
Detroit (Ch. 27, 7:30)