Stars at Senators
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 21-19-7, 49 points; Senators 19-18-9, 47 pts.
About the Stars: Their return from the All-Star break began with a 3-2 loss at Montreal on Tuesday. ... The Stars rallied from two goals down to beat the Senators 5-4 in Dallas on Jan. 13, snapping a four-game losing streak. … This will be former Senators captain Jason Spezza’s first game in Ottawa since being traded in the off-season. Spezza spent his first 11 seasons as a Senator. “I’ll try to make it feel like just another road game, even though it isn’t,” Spezza said, according to the Ottawa Sun. … Spezza, who has eight goals and 27 assists in 47 games with the Stars, left the ice bleeding in the second period Tuesday after a boarding penalty by Alexei Emelin, who was ejected. Spezza returned in the third period. … The Stars reassigned defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka to Texas of the AHL.
About the Senators: This will be Ottawa’s first game since defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Jan. 21. ... Ottawa is 3-5-2 in January with only eight points in 10 games. ... Defenseman Erik Karlsson didn’t practice Wednesday. Coach Dave Cameron said it was a personal day, according to the Ottawa Sun, and Karlsson will return Thursday. He has four goals in his past four games after scoring none in his previous 15. … Goalie Robin Lehner is expected to start.
— From online reports