The Stars were back at work on Monday, practicing at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. The team mixed in a little fun into their work and got a lot accomplished.
“We wanted to work on our breakouts today and we did that,” said Stars head coach Marc Crawford. We wanted to give our goaltenders some work and we did that early with Mike Valley. We also wanted to work on the net-drive.”
After working some drills, the Stars held a three-on-three tournament, with teams split up by a common denominator like country or region. Team Sweden’s Fabian Brunnstrom
, Loui Eriksson
and Nicklas Grossman
came up victorious, defeating Team Ontario’s Krystofer Barch
, Trevor Daley
and Steve Ott
in the final.
We wanted them to work and have some fun at the same time,” said Crawford. “It was Joe’s (Nieuwendyk) idea. We tried to give the groups a regional feel. It’s fun when you do these things. I thought it was a real good morning for our guys. We’re playing well right now so you have to balance when you are hard on the parts of your system that need to be addressed. But we’re going to have a good practice tomorrow and that’s the balance we’re going to go for.”Injury updateMike Modano
participated in parts of practice today and should practice Tuesday. Modano said he has no specific timetablefor when he can return.
Crawford said that Jere Lehtinen
might practice on Tuesday. He said that both are headed in the right direction towards getting back on the ice.Matt Niskanen
practiced on Monday and Crawford said he is probable for Wednesday’s game.Brad Richards
did not practice, resting his groin.Toronto Next
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The Leafs, who are winless as they head into Monday night’s game at Anaheim, have the Stars’ full attention and they will not take their early season struggles for granted.
“There is no team that you can take lightly anymore,” said Brenden Morrow
. “Any team can win on any given night. You can’t take anyone lightly. They have a lot of talent and we’ll be ready to go.”