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Young Blood Featured in Saturday’s Finale

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars
Brenden Dillon

The Stars play their 2011-12 season finale at home on Saturday, hosting the St. Louis Blues at 7 pm. While the team unfortunately will not be in the playoffs, Saturday’s game will feature some interesting participants.

Brenden Dillon, Scott Glennie and Jordie Benn have all been recalled from the Texas Stars, and all three are expected to play. Richard Bachman is scheduled to get the start in goal and Reilly Smith will make his home debut. For Glennie (Dallas’ 2009 first round draft selection), it will mark his NHL debut.

“Yea, Bachman will be in goal and you’re going see a few of our young guys,” said Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. “You’ll see Brenden Dillon and Scott Glennie, and you’ll see Reilly Smith tomorrow with our veteran guys. We’re going to surround those guys with players that can help them out, and we’ve got a few injuries so you won’t see a few players. We’ve had guys taking injections here, everyday, to get through a game. These same players can’t get through a practice without it, so you won’t see a couple of those guys in tomorrow’s lineup.”

And who is expected to miss Saturday’s game?

“Most likely Steve Ott, and maybe Radek Dvorak depending on how he is tomorrow,” said Gulutzan. “You guys all know that, but some guys you probably didn’t know are Robidas and Ribeiro, who have been playing injured. Those guys, and possibly Brenden (Morrow), at the end of the day we don’t want to have to give them a needle to numb the pain to be able to play. Fistric will be out as well, and he is another guy that even if he had not of hurt his groin, we probably would not of played because he, too, was getting an injection in the rib to be able to play.”

While Glennie and Dillon haven’t been seen much yet by Dallas fans, Coach Gulutzan knows both from last season in Cedar Park.

“I had Glennie for a short period of time and Scotty has made big strides in the American Hockey League. Whenever you have young guys like that when on a two or three night or week span they are the best player on the ice, that’s an encouraging sign in that league. When you get a young guy who’s the best player on the ice for both teams, and it’s happening more and more frequently, that’s a really good thing, and I think that’s what Scotty and Brenden have done. Anytime that happens at that level, you know you have a player that’s on the up. With Brenden, you’re going to see a big, good skating defenseman that can move the puck, and with Glennie you’re going to see a skilled guy that can move and skate. With Reilly, you’re going to see a real skilled player who is coming out of college and has the ability to score. It will be interesting to see these guys be able to play with good players.”

Gulutzan met with GM Joe Nieuwendyk and Asst GM Frank Provenzano at length on Friday to discuss the lineup for Saturday.

“We were talking about our lineup and talking about our year a little bit, and how we are going to end this with our fans, and how we are going to compete tomorrow. I talked to every player that’s injured and they all want to play our last game, whether they have to take a needle or not to get through. But reality is, we don’t want to put them through that. We want to take a look at some of our young guys, so that was really what our meeting was about, our lineup.”

Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day (GET TICKETS) with prizes given out to fans throughout the evening, ending with the traditional “Jersey off the Players’ Backs” ceremony on the ice immediately after the game.

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