Morrow Says it Will be Strange Facing Stars

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 2:57 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Morrow Says it Will be Strange Facing Stars

There have been several homecomings on the road for the Dallas Stars this season, but Saturday night’s game in St. Louis will be a reunion. And it will be with former captain Brenden Morrow.

“It’s going to be strange,” Morrow said. “There are nine or ten fresh faces over there, so it’s not like I know the whole team. I have some great memories of that franchise. Still close with a lot of players there, so it’s going to be a strange game.”

It will be strange for Morrow’s former Dallas teammates, too.

“It will be interesting. It will be kind of weird to see him. Haven’t got to play against that guy before,” Stars defenseman Trevor Daley said Friday. “Just like playing against Steve Ott, it will be special. Morrow was the biggest part of this team ever since I’ve been here. It’s going to be a little different seeing him on the other side.”

The Stars traded Morrow to Pittsburgh prior to last season’s trade deadline. He signed with St. Louis in September. Morrow played 13 seasons for the Stars, and was captain for seven. He played 835 games, registering 528 points (243 goals, 285 assists). There were 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) in 78 playoff games as well.

“I still care about how that team is doing and how those guys are doing, so I keep an eye on them and watch some games when I get a chance,” said Morrow, who has four goals and two assists in 15 games with St. Louis this season. “But once the puck drops I know whose team I am on.”

Still, Morrow keeps up with how the Stars are doing, and keeps in contact with some of his former teammates. He had dinner with a few of them Friday night. The fact that Morrow and the Blues are facing off against each other tonight is a sign of how much has changed.

“There’s been a lot of change, and I hope that helps a lot. It’s a different jersey, but there are still some guys I care a lot about on that team,” Morrow said. “Jamie Benn, other than his family, I am probably his biggest fan. Lining up against him, playing against him, getting physical with him, all those are going to feel different.”

Whitney out

Stars forward Ray Whitney will miss his fifth straight game with a groin injury.

“He’s real close, but the smart thing is to wait,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

Defensemen Aaron Rome and Kevin Connauton are expected to be healthy scratches tonight.

Quotable: Hitch on the Stars

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock talked about the Stars during his chat with the media after Saturday morning’s skate in St. Louis. Here’s what he had to say.

“I know Lindy [Ruff] and how he plays. He has his team playing very fast,” Hitchcock said. “I think the thing you have to get used to is there isn’t going to be any neutral zone play. You’re either going to be in their end or their going to be in your end, that’s just the way it is. He’s got his team playing with high energy, high tempo and you’re going to have to match it. You’re not going to slow them down. They’ve got great quickness, they’ve got great speed on the puck. We have to take advantage of what our game is. Our game is based on forecheck, just like theirs is. Their game is based on tempo, our game probably is based a little bit more on size and we’ve got to do that stuff.”

Saturday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis
When: 7 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

The Stars will go with the same lineup as last game. Kari Lehtonen is in goal.

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel
Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Dustin Jeffrey
– Shane Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Sergei Gonchar
Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Blues projected lineup

Brian Elliot is in goal for the Blues. Patrik Berglund (upper body) is a game time decision.

Alexander Steen-David Backes-T.J. Oshie
Brenden Morrow
-Derek Roy-Chris Stewart
Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Sobotka-Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk
Ian Cole-Roman Polak

Brian Elliott (starter)
Jaroslav Halak

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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