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 over.”
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 goal.
Dallas is 3-1-1 since a five-game losing streak—the team’s first in eight years.
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 starts.
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,” Laviolette said.
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.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 20): Stars - 32 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Pacific Division. Hurricanes - 30 points, 3rd place (tied), 8 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Bill Guerin, 17 goals and 29 points; Jason Arnott and Sergei Zubov, 15 assists; John Erskine, 77 PIM. Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 9 goals; Jeff O’Neill, 15 assists and 18 points; Jesse Boulerice, 70 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 20): Stars - Power play: 15.5 percent (22 for 142), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 87.0 percent (114 for 131), 5th. Hurricanes - Power play: 11.0 percent (16 for 146), 27th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (21 for 134), 17th (tied).
SEASON SERIES: Hurricanes, 1-0-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 11; Stars, 2-1, OT. At Dallas, Zubov scored twice, including the game-winner with one-tenth of a second left in overtime.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 4-12-2-0 on the road; Hurricanes - 6-3-5-1 at home.