Yee-hah! Hockey in Texas!
Sean Avery makes his return to Dallas, his first since his “sloppy” exit. He’s going to play where he finished the last game, with Artem Anisimov and Marian Gaborik. Those three had some good stuff going—I thought it was one of Avery’s best games, and one of Gaborik’s best, too.
John Tortorella told reporters in Big D that Avery is going to get minutes because he deserves them off of last game, but I’d bet that even if Avery hadn’t had that game, Tortorella would ride him tonight. Why? Because a motivated Avery is the good Avery, the annoyingly effective Avery that we often see vs. the Devils, Flyers and Islanders. I expect him to be flying and yapping and taking Stars down with him tonight.
Ryan McDonagh makes his NHL debut in place of Michal Rozsival (ribs). There are no pruchas.