The Dallas Stars continue their road trip tonight in Montreal, and it will be more than just the Stars vs. the Canadiens. It will be Jamie Benn vs. Jordie Benn.
The Benn brothers will play against each other in a game for the first time, a matchup set up by last month's trade that sent Jordie from the Stars to the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
"First time playing each other in an NHL game, so it is going to be fun for the both of us. We are definitely looking forward to it," Jamie said.
Not just playing against each other the first time in an NHL game, but the first time at any level.
"Never played against him. We've only played together, so this will be the first time we've played against each other," Jordie told Montreal media. "Obviously, it is going to be a little different. It's not the first time somebody has been traded and had to play against their old team right away. And with my brother being there, it will be a lot of fun."
Video: Benn brothers square off in Montreal
The two have kept in constant contact since the trade, talking almost every day. Jamie has made watching a Montreal games a regular habit.
"It gives me something to do when we're not playing, and I even find myself following the Canadiens on Twitter now," Jamie said. "I am happy for him. He's in a good spot obviously."
But the trade was tough. The two played together with the Stars over six seasons, starting in 2011-12 and regularly since 2013-14.
"It was tough to see him go, but it was great to experience the NHL life with him while we had the time together," said Jamie. "I am more excited that he can be his own person now here in Montreal and really take off with his career here."
Jordie, who was always in his star brother's shadow in Dallas, has played well in Montreal. He's settled in on a pair with Nathan Beaulieu. He's registered two goals in 12 games while averaging just under 17 minutes per game. He's drawn a lot of praise for his play in Montreal, and that's silenced some critics and doubters.
"A lot of people say the only reason that I made it was because of [my brother]," Jordie said. "I think I have done enough hard work in my life to prove to people that I am an NHL hockey player. I am living a dream, and I am here. You can't say that getting traded to the Montreal Canadiens, that Jamie got me here. It's just good to play in the NHL."
And next up is a game against brother Jamie. So, does he take a run at his younger brother?
"When he steps on the ice I will probably get yelled at to get off," Jordie said. "I'll be on the bench watching him play."
The Benn family will be watching as well.
"My dad is taking care of my dogs [in Dallas], so he'll probably just be hanging out on the couch," Jordie said. "But my mom will be a nervous wreck."
"I'll have to call mom and dad and see who they are cheering for," Jamie said. "I know they are excited to watch the game. Hopefully, we win."
Stars Watch: Officially out of playoff contention
With both Nashville and St. Louis winning last night, the Stars (31-33-11) were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. It's the second time in the past four years the Stars have failed to make the playoffs and the seventh time in the past nine seasons.
The Stars come into tonight's game on a 3-0-1 run. Kari Lehtonen should get the start in goal. He has stopped 94 of 98 shots over the past four games.
Al Montoya was expected to get the start in goal tonight for Montreal, but he suffered a lower-body injury during the morning skate. So, the Stars will see Carey Price tonight. Price is 34-18-5 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Montreal recalled goaltender Zachary Fucale from the ECHL to back up Price tonight. Steve Ott will draw back into the lineup tonight after sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch. Montreal (42-24-9) comes into tonight's game with a three-point lead over Ottawa for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Who: Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens
Where: Bell Centre
When: 6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Stars Projected Lineup
Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Ales Hemsky
Remi Elie - Tyler Seguin - Brett Ritchie
Jason Dickinson - Radek Faksa - Devin Shore
Curtis McKenzie - Adam Cracknell - Jason Spezza
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak - Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Patrik Nemeth
Injured: Patrick Sharp (hip), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Antoine Roussel (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee)
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Alexander Radulov
Alex Galchenyuk - Andrew Shaw - Artturi Lehkonen
Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Dwight King - Steve Ott - Torrey Mitchell
Andrei Markov - Shea Weber
Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu - Jordie Benn
Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Andreas Martinsen, Michael McCarron, Nikita Nesterov, Brian Flynn
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