One interesting note to the game will be a brother-vs.-brother battle between the Stars' Reilly Smith and the Red Wings' Brendan Smith. They met three times in the AHL this season, with Brendan's Grand Rapids Griffins beating Reilly's Texas Stars twice.
"It will definitely be special," Reilly Smith told the Dallas Morning News. "The family is driving down for the game, so I'm really looking forward to it."
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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