The Senators will have a fresh, new look when they take on the Stars Thursday night at American Airlines Center.
For most of them, the Momember moustaches are down the drain.
“It was a young team today,” coach Paul MacLean said after the morning skate. “They all looked like they lost five years.”
The Senators were 5-5-2 in November to follow up their 7-5 record the month before. Heading into their meeting with the Stars, they were holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
To Glen Gulutzan, the coach of the 14-9-1 Stars, Ottawa looked young before the razor’s scraped the upper lips of the players.
Young and fast.
“Their pace,” Gulutzan said of what impresses him most about the Senators. “They are the second-youngest team in the league and watching their last couple of games, you see how fast they are. They are very scary in that regard. They’re like the young Oilers, you have to make sure you’re physical and disciplined against them.
“They’re a real excellent team that’s on the verge.”
Filip Kuba will miss the game with an upper body injury he sustained in Winnipeg. Brian Lee draws into his spot.
Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators while the Stars go with Andrew Raycroft, who has a 9-9-4 career mark versus Ottawa.