Three things: Glendening on facing the Wings; Wings-Stars game preview; Oettinger’s stats vs. Detroit

If you missed it, Luke Glendening spoke with the Dallas Stars’ website’s Mike Heika regarding facing the Red Wings this evening:

Luke Glendening will play his first game against the Red Wings. That’s a big deal because Glendening not only played 554 games with the Wings before signing as a free agent with the Stars in the summer, he grew up in Michigan and was a huge fan during their heyday with Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.

“I grew up a fan,” Glendening said. “I got to live out my dream of playing for them for eight years. I have a ton of respect for the people in the organization. It’s a big game for this team. I don’t want to take anything away from that. We need the two points, and that’s the goal.”

Pressed on the subject, Glendening admitted it’ll be strange to play against friends and former teammates.

“It’s going to feel different,” he said. “I’d love to say you approach it like any other game, but obviously you want to play well against your old team.”

Glendening has already been a help to the coaching staff in preparing to face the Wings.

“We’ve talked to him about their systems and their penalty killing and things we want to do, and he helped the coaches,” Bowness said.

And as for how well Glendening is fitting in, Bowness chuckled. Glendening is tied for second on the team in goals with four, despite the fact he’s known as a checking forward.

“He’s got four goals, he’s been outstanding for us, he’s been a great addition,” Bowness said. “He’s everything we’d heard he’d be.”

The Stars also posted a game preview:


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