Notes: The St. Louis Blues are 6-2-1 on the road so far this season. Among their six road wins is a 4-3 victory at Dallas on Jan. 26. David Perron found the back of the Stars' net twice in that win. Sunday's game marks the start of a five-game road trip for St. Louis. In Friday's 4-2 comeback win against the Edmonton Oilers, coach Ken Hitchcock plugged rookie Jaden Schwartz into his top line alongside T.J. Oshie and David Backes and it paid dividends as Schwartz had a goal and an assist in the victory. Brian Elliott gets the nod in goal against the Stars on Sunday in what will be his first start since Feb. 11 against the Los Angeles Kings. Elliott is winless in his previous five games (0-4-1).
Edmonton will have first-line wing Taylor Hall for the first time after he served a two-game suspension for kneeing Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild, and no one could be happier than Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.
"Well, he adds an amazing amount of pressure on the opposition's defense and on their defensive structure," Krueger said of Hall. "To have [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins], [Jordan Eberle] and [Hall] back together gives us a real weapon here. We're very pleased to have Taylor's speed and offensive pressure back."
DALLAS -- When the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars hit the ice Saturday night at American Airlines Center, the Pacific Division foes will square off with power-play units that are a combined 0-for-their-past-30.
Dallas is 0-for-12 with the man advantage over its past three games and heads into Saturday on a two-game losing streak. For Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, the way to remedy his club's is pretty simple.
"We need a shooter's mindset," Gulutzan said. "Shots cause confusion, and if you look at San Jose, they like to put a lot of shots on net and they have success in their power play. We need a lot of that mentality. We've got sometimes the pass-first mentality. We're going to put more pucks towards the net. We're going to work a lot harder."
The Sharks also have had their share of issues on the power play. San Jose is 0-for-18 over its past four games. In Feburary, San Jose is 2-for-39 with the extra attacker, a definite cause of concern for Sharks coach Todd McLellan, whose club has lost seven of its past eight.
DALLAS -- For a variety of reasons, the lineup Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault puts on the ice for Thursday night’s Western Conference game against the Dallas Stars will be different from previous games.
One reason for the shakeup is that the Canucks (8-3-4) will be without second-line wing Jannik Hansen. He received a one-game suspension from the League office for a blow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during a 4-3 overtime loss Tuesday at United Center.
To compensate for the loss of Hansen, Vigneault will move wing Zack Kassian, who earlier this year played on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, up to the second line alongside recently returned Ryan Kesler and wing Chris Higgins.
DALLAS -- After last Friday's 4-3 comeback win at the Vancouver Canucks, the Dallas Stars (8-7-1, 17 points) were riding high. Glen Gulutzan's club had taken two of three in a swing through Western Canada, and Dallas was now looking at the start of a three-game homestand Sunday against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center.
Dallas found another gear in that game; after trailing 1-0 at the first intermission it scored three unanswered. The Stars looked in control of the game with a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. However, Calgary countered with three unanswered of their own and left the Lone Star State with two points thanks to a 4-3 win.
Gulutzan gave his players Monday off, but in practice the past two days, he and his staff have focused on the Stars' attention to detail and on cleaning up the various issues that led to that defeat.
"Our guys practiced hard these last two days. I can tell you from a year-and-a-half of being here, the practices we've had in the last two weeks have been high-tempo, hard practices," Gulutzan said. "The guys have went and competed hard, but we do need to clean up those details. We had a chance in this little break to address some of those things, and now we have to put what we've learned and saw, tonight we have to do it in games."
DALLAS -- After playing on the road 10 times in their first 15 games, the Dallas Stars (8-6-1, 17 points) are now looking forward to the start of a three-game homestand on Sunday afternoon against the Calgary Flames (4-5-3, 11 points) at American Airlines Center. The contest Sunday also marks the start of a stretch where Dallas will play nine of their next 13 games on home ice.
"We're kind of looking at this as a road game, as a quick turnaround. We're traveling, we're back home and we play early," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We have a day off tomorrow but that's tomorrow so today we've got a good work day ahead of us."
Dallas is 3-1-1 at home this season but heads into Sunday just two days removed from a 4-3 comeback win at Vancouver, a solid ending to a three-game swing through Western Canada that saw the Stars take two out of three.
T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman
The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.