GAME: Dallas Stars (14-16-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-12-8-2).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars hope Mike Modano is back on track, as well as their season.
Modano and the Stars face one of the few teams in the league that has scored
fewer goals than them in a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Stars' all-time scoring leader had gone 11 games without a goal before
finding the back of the net in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. It was
just the seventh goal of the season for Modano, who has averaged more than 33
in the previous five seasons.
"It's been awhile," said Modano, who also had an assist. "There's
certainly some doubt in your game and your ability. I think you just get to a
point ... you quit feeling sorry for yourself. It's a new day. You start
Modano's struggles have contributed to the Stars scoring just 67 goals this
season, fourth-fewest in the NHL. Before Wednesday's 3-1 win over Vancouver,
they had tied an NHL record by going seven straight games with no more than one
Dallas is 3-1-1 since a five-game losing streak -- the team's first in eight
A big reason why the Stars have remained competitive despite the lack of
offense is goaltender Marty Turco, who has given up four goals in the team's
last five starts. He's surrendered two goals or fewer in 12 of his last 14
Turco had 26 saves in Saturday's win.
"He gives us every opportunity to win games," Modano said. "When we're
letting one up on the board every night we should have some positives."
Turco now faces the NHL's lowest-scoring team in Carolina, which has managed
just 60 goals in 32 games.
The Hurricanes, however, have posted a pair of 2-1 victories since Peter
Laviolette took over as coach after Paul Maurice was fired.
"I know that nothing will happen overnight. I'm going to work to gain their
trust and their respect and I hope they're going to work to gain mine,"
Radim Vrbata and Eric Staal scored goals and Kevin Weekes made 37 saves in
Carolina's 2-1 win over Boston on Saturday.
Weekes is just 3-3-1 in December but has played extremely well, posting a
1.51 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
The Hurricanes are 3-0-1 at home in this series since Jan. 3, 1998.