"The old linemates will be reunited: Stajan, [Glencross and Stempniak], three guys that have pretty good chemistry together. I'm expecting a big game out of those three guys," Flames coach Bob Hartley said after the morning skate.
With Stajan back on the ice, Sven Baertschi likely will be scratched. Calgary captain Mark Giordano, who missed a 4-2 loss at the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, again will be a game-time decision.
"He's going to be a game-time decision again [Thursday]. I can't say more right now," Hartley said.
"I think I just got to get a couple shifts under me there and keep things simple," Connauton said. "I know I'll probably have a couple jitters. Make an easy play off the wall and short passes is kind of a good way to calm down."
Goligoski is currently a minus-10 through eight games, the second-worst rating in the League, and even though Stars coach Lindy Ruff is sitting him, he has by no means lost faith in Goligoski and what he can do for the club going forward.
"I had a real good conversation with him, just that I wanted to improve some of his defending. There's been some good in his game which I talked about," Ruff said. "He's had a great attitude, even a great attitude [Wednesday]. I want him to work hard, get back in and play well."
Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net for Dallas, his first after missing the Stars' past five games with a lower-body injury.
Stars defenseman Aaron Rome cleared waivers on Thursday but remains with the team.
Here are the projected lineups for the Flames and Stars:
Injured: Mark Giordano (undisclosed)
Suspended: Ryan Garbutt