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Sleepless in Traverse City

Modano was anxious to get training camp underway

Saturday, 09.18.2010 / 6:58 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Sleepless in Traverse City
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – On the opening day of the Red Wings’ training camp, Mike Modano admit that he felt like a young kid again.

“It was tough sleeping last night,” Modano said. “It felt like a first or second camp for me; fresh start, new beginning, so I was a little nervous, a little anxious to get up and get started.”

Modano, who spent his entire 20-season NHL career with the Dallas Stars’ organization, looked at home Saturday morning with his new Red Wings’ linemates – Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler. Still, there’s work that needs to be done, Modano said, like building chemistry.

“Getting comfortable with what everybody likes to do, and try to find some common ground,” Modano said. “Dan’s a real up-and-down kind of guy, and Jiri’s kind of adlibs a lot and works on the play that is coming to him. But I’m just trying to flow somewhere in the middle, just trying to be supportive of the wingers and defensemen and making life easy for them.”

Even though Modano was held to 27 goals in 93 career games against the Red Wings, some of his new teammates are glad they don’t have to stop him anymore.

“All the time you played against him, he was tough player to play against,” Niklas Kronwall said, “but he just flies out there. Every time he’s on the ice, you can just see the jersey on the back just in the wind. It definitely feels good to have him on our side.”
 
The 63 players in camp this week are broken into three different groups – Team Howe, Team Lindsay and Team Delvecchio. Modano, 40, is skating with Team Delvecchio, which lost in the camp’s first scrimmage, 5-2, to Team Howe, which featured the Wings’ top forward line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. Zetterberg had an assist.

The Modano and Datsyuk line went head-to-head throughout Saturday’s scrimmage, which consisted of two 30-minute periods with running time.
 
“It felt like old times again,” said Modano, of going against Datsyuk’s line. “It felt great. It was fun, obviously, playing against those guys. I felt better than I thought I would.”

Though Modano didn’t figure in either of his team’s two goals, one of his linemates did. Cleary redirected a shot from Nicklas Lidstrom in the first period.

“We had some good rushes, some good chances today. It’ll get better,” Modano said. “It was nice to scrimmage and get some traffic, get some bumping and get some timing down. It’s finally good to get back to that area of the game.”

SATURDAY’S SCRIMMAGE: Team Howe got first-period goals by defenseman Brendan Smith (though it was credited to Zetterberg), left wing Jordan Owens and defenseman Marc Zanetti en route to a 5-2 victory in Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at Centre Ice Arena. Left wing Francis Pare and Tomas Holmstrom (empty-netter) rounded out the scoring for Team Howe.

Cleary and defenseman Travis Ehrhardt scored for Team Delvecchio.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80