Ott missed the morning skate with what Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan called an illness. Gulutzan said Ott had been fighting an illness during Dallas’ recent three-game swing through Western Canada but he was able to play in all three contests.
Ott had played 50 consecutive games for Dallas after missing six straight games in November due to a lower-body injury. He has 10 goals and 33 points in 66 games for the Stars this season.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres