DALLAS — Trevor Daley didn’t know how to navigate the visiting locker room at American Airlines Center.
For all the time he spent in the building in his career, the former Dallas Star had never visited the AAC as part of the visiting team.
That will change tonight when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Stars at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s special I had some good years here and met a lot of great people,” Daley said. “No matter where you go, where you end up and see those faces, it’s special. It’s pretty cool.”
The Stars have a video tribute planned for Daley and when asked about it, the defender joked that it was about time after he failed to visit Dallas for two seasons. Thanks to the timing of a trade between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins and an injury, Daley missed earlier chances for a tribute.
“It’s amazing that it’s taken two years,” he said. “It’s nice to finally be back here.”
Julius Honka and Remi Elie will make their season debuts Tuesday.
Honka is in the lineup with Dan Hamhuis dealing with a groin issue. Honka is going to be on the third pairing with Jamie Oleksiak, while he’s also going to run the second power play unit.
“I’m curios. He’s gonna add a real element, he’s an on the edge kind of player,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Very dynamic with the puck, really moves the puck and he’s not afraid to make plays. So that’s what this game is about, it’s a young man’s league I think he’s gonna do nothing but help us if we’re patient.”
Elie was called up from the AHL on Tuesday morning and will start on a line with Jason Spezza.
Red Wings projected lineup
Tomas Tatar — Henrik Zetterberg — Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha — Dylan Larkin — Martin Frk
Justin Abdelkader — Frans Nielsen — Darren Helm
Luke Witkowski — Luke Glendening — Riley Sheahan
Danny DeKyser — Trevor Daley
Jonathan Ericsson — Mike Green
Xavier Ouellett — Nick Jensen
Scratched: David Booth
Injured: Niklas Kronwall (groin)
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn — Tyler Seguin — Alexander Radulov
Remi Elie — Jason Spezza — Brett Ritchie
Mattias Janmark — Martin Hanzal — Devin Shore
Antoine Roussel — Radek Faksa — Tyler Pitlick
Esa Lindell — John Klingberg
Marc Methot — Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleksiak Julius Honka
Injured: Dan Hamhuis (groin)
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith