GAME: Colorado Avalanche (21-10-7-2) at Dallas Stars (18-17-8-0).
TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars proved they can win without Mike Modano.
Beating the talent-laden Colorado Avalanche without one of the game's best
players won't be quite as easy Saturday.
Modano strained his groin during a 6-0 loss to Phoenix on Jan. 2, and was
placed on injured reserve Friday. He isn't expected to start skating until next
In their first two games without their captain, the Stars played to
consecutive 2-2 road ties against Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Dallas, also playing without forward Brenden Morrow and defenseman Philippe
Boucher, got goals from unexpected sources Steve Ott and Scott Young in a 2-1
victory over visiting Atlanta on Thursday.
The Stars, who have just one loss in their last 10 games (5-1-4), could get
Morrow and Boucher back in the lineup Saturday. Morrow is listed as
questionable with a shoulder injury while Boucher is probable with the flu.
"We're finding ways to get points, which is what we're all about," Stars
coach Dave Tippett said.
Marty Turco, selected as a starter to the Western Conference All-Star team
Thursday, held an opponent to two goals or fewer for the 19th time in his last
Colorado failed to hold a two-goal lead Thursday against Nashville, and had
its four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss in overtime.
After watching David Aebischer given up four goals on 23 shots, Avalanche
coach Tony Granato refused to blame his goalie for the loss.
"If he plays only one game every 30 or 40 like this, that's OK," Granato
said. "That's going to happen. A goaltender's going to be unhappy that a
couple got by him. But he's been very solid for us. We can't blame our
goaltender. We can't blame anything except we didn't have a strong enough
effort to win tonight."
The Avalanche managed to go 8-4-5-1 while reigning league MVP Peter Forsberg
sat out with an abdominal injury. They are 5-1-0-1 since Forsberg's return,
with the star center collecting two goals and eight assists in those games.
A healthy Forsberg and the return of Paul Kariya on Tuesday to a lineup that
already includes Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne, Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay should
make one of the league's best teams even better.
"We haven't been together since early in the season, so it's great that
we're all back," Kariya said.