DALLAS - The Canadiens held a full game day skate at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Stars.
The Habs will be looking to snap a three-game skid out west as they get set for back-to-back games in Dallas and Nashville, but Tuesday's stop in Texas will carry a little extra significance for defenseman Jordie Benn.
The former Stars rearguard is back in the Lone Star State for the first time as a Hab, and will face off against his brother Jamie Benn in front of family and friends after catching up with the former the night prior.
"It was the same old dinner with the Benn family [last night] -- a little bit of arguing, a little bit of picture taking…" admitted the 30-year-old D-man, who also held the honor of leading the Canadiens stretch at practice on Tuesday. "We were arguing over which jerseys my mom and dad will be wearing to the game tonight. I brought two Montreal jerseys with me, so if they don't wear them, I'll be [pretty upset]!"
Video: Jordie Benn on returning to Dallas for the first time
Tuesday's game marks the elder Benn's first return to Dallas since being traded to Montreal last February, but the Benn bros. did already go head to head once before, at the Bell Centre last March.
And just like in that 4-1 Montreal win eight months ago, sibling rivalry will temporarily take center stage once the puck drops.
"It was good to say hi, but come game time, we'll put our friendships on hold for 60 minutes," added the Victoria, BC native.
The Stars meanwhile will have another familiar face in the lineup on Tuesday, as the Habs prepare to face Alexander Radulov for the first time since the former Canadiens forward signed with Dallas during the summer.
The Russian winger has 19 points (7G-12A) in his first 20 games with the Stars.
"He's going to be working tonight. He's a great player, and he's found a lot of success here early on," acknowledged Max Pacioretty. "That's not a surprise, because he's a talented player who works very hard. He's an easy guy to play with, and an energetic guy who motivates his team. I expect the best from him. Obviously he's going to come out and try to stick it to his old team, like everyone usually tries to do. It's our job to make life hard on him tonight."
Video: Max Pacioretty on facing Alexander Radulov
And how might the Canadiens go about doing that?
"We're going to try to limit their chances. They have a lot of offensive guys, so we don't want to get into a shootout with them," continued the Habs captain. "I think our game is to play stingy defense, then chip in when the opportunity is there. It's not always going to be perfect and go that way, but that's the way we like to play."
Charlie Lindgren will get the start in goal for an eighth-consecutive game. He'll be backed up by Antti Niemi.
Head coach Claude Julien did not confirm any changes to the lineup.
Game time in Dallas is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Montreal time, and will be broadcast on TSN2 and RDS in Canada.