Disclaimer: We don't know if these are Mike Modano's final four (or fewer) games in the National Hockey League. What we do know is this: We don't want them to be. But if they are, then we would be sorely remiss at the end of next week if we did not take the opportunity to mark them as such.
Tonight, Mike faces the Blues for what might be the last time so we take a stroll down memory lane against those Missouri rivals.
Most places will tell you Mike Modano made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders in October of 1989, which is partly true. That was his regular season debut. His NHL debut proper was against the St. Louis Blues (thanks to Defending Big D reader Greg Rizza for that) in April of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. He played 2 playoff games and was a -2, scoring no points, but he wouldn't stay quiet against the Blues for long.
In his first NHL season, Mike made his NHL debut against the Blues on October 12th, 1989 in a 3-0 win. (Once again, if you have an internet source on a box score, do let us know)
His accomplishments against St. Louis over the years are not so shiny as those against the Oilers (to which he added last night: Career assist 800) but they are as follows:
- Has played 96 games against the Blues, scoring 33 goals and 54 assists good for 87 points.
- His 782nd career assist on Mar. 10, 2009 at St. Louis passed Brian Leetch for 2nd in all-time assists by a US-born player.
- He scored his 500th NHL point on Mar. 20, 1996 vs. St. Louis with a goal.
- Had his most penalty minutes in a game (16) against the Blues on 2/10/1996.
After the jump, YouTube helps out with a neat feature from the St. Louis series in 1999 on the way to Mike's Stanley Cup, and a shootout goal versus the Blues...
Watch this whole clip for some nice Modano goals and assists (also to check out Razor's slightly higher voice from 11 years ago...)
And this odd video taken by a fan, evidently, against St. Louis in 2007.