The Dallas Stars are trying to rebound from just their second loss - and first at home - of the season. If Mike Modano can continue his recent success, that may not be too difficult.
Modano tries to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games when the Stars host the slumping Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in the third meeting between the teams already this season.
The Stars' veteran center scored twice on the power play Friday, but Dallas lost for the first time at home this season, 4-3 to Detroit. Modano has scored in four consecutive games - two fewer than his career high. He leads Dallas with seven goals overall this season.
He hasn't recorded a goal in five straight since a six-game streak from Jan. 2-13, 2002.
Modano has a good chance to continue his roll Saturday, as he has 34 goals - his most against any opponent - and 40 assists in 69 career games versus the Kings.
Despite Modano's success with the man advantage Friday, the Stars (8-2-0) couldn't get the equalizer on a four-minute power-play opportunity in the third period.
"The one that could have got us back to even was the four-minute power play," said Stars coach Dave Tippett, whose club still managed to match its best-ever start after 10 games. "But we didn't score when we needed to and we didn't keep up with the tempo of the game. Our execution was poor."
The Stars, who are playing the third contest in a four-game homestand, try to bounce back against the Kings, who they outscored by a combined 8-2 in two road wins earlier this month.
Los Angeles lost 2-0 to Columbus on Friday for its second four-game losing streak of the season. The Kings have lost eight of their last nine games, due in large part to dismal special teams play.
Los Angeles is 0-for-20 on power-play opportunities during its four-game skid, including eight chances Friday.
The Kings (3-7-2) suffered their first shutout loss of the season, and have been held to one or fewer goals in seven of their last nine games. They did control much of the play Friday, however, outshooting the Blue Jackets 38-14, but Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire stopped every shot.
"We dominated the game (Friday)," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "When you dominate the game, you're going to win more than you're going to lose, for sure. You have to accept the fact that sometimes goaltenders win games for teams. (Friday) theirs did."
Los Angeles will likely face another tough challenge in Dallas netminder Marty Turco, who was in goal for both Dallas wins over the Kings, and is 7-2-0 this season with a 2.10 goals-against average.
Michael Cammalleri leads Los Angeles with five goals this season, one of them coming against Turco and the Stars in a 4-1 defeat on Oct. 14.
The Kings have lost four straight games heading into this contest, the finale of their four-game road trip.
|Mar 21 '07||DAL 4 at LAK 2||K. Barch|
|Mar 11 '07||LAK 3 at DAL 4 - OT||M. Modano|
|Jan 15 '07||LAK 1 at DAL 3||N. Hagman|
|Dec 16 '06||DAL 4 at LAK 3 - SO||M. Ribeiro|
|Nov 24 '06||LAK 3 at DAL 5||P. Boucher|
|Oct 28 '06||LAK 2 at DAL 3||J. Halpern|
|Oct 14 '06||DAL 4 at LAK 1||B. Morrow|
|Oct 12 '06||DAL 4 at LAK 1||M. Modano|