Gameday Thread: Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars (7:30 p.m. CST)

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The Stars look to keep rolling in 2014 as they open a stretch of Eastern Conference opponents by playing host to the Canadiens.

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The flu or some other mystery bug might be running rampant through the Dallas Stars dressing room right now, but the Montreal Canadiens don't care at all.

The Habs, the first of a long line of Eastern Conference opponents to open January for the Stars, are one of the top teams in the East and coming off what they consider to be a bad loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. So they're not likely to feel all that sorry for the Stars and their young defense and forward lines held together with DayQuil and duct tape.

On the bright side for Dallas, they've been playing very well as of recently with points in seven straight against mostly quality opponents. Sure, they'll posisbly be without Ray Whitney again and definitely without Shawn Horcoff for the first time tonight, but given the laundry list of injuries they suffered from December into January, what's a few more bodies on the shelf?

With the flu bug, both Dustin Jeffrey and Colton Sceviour could be in the lineup tonight. Sceviour was a late call up after the team realized it hadn't quite shook the illness that's hung around since before Christmas.

The good news is reinforcements are coming. Sergei Gonchar practiced today and is a game or two away and illness doesn't last forever (unless you're Shane Doan with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). Heck, even Stephane Robidas has been spotted walking around the American Airlines Center on his busted-up leg recently.

So the Stars will continue to try and beat the injury odds tonight. Join us here to talk about it.

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