Stars-Oilers: Modano's return

We're getting ready here at the AAC for tonight's Stars-Oilers game, otherwise known as the Return of Mike Modano.

Modano is on the ice now participating in the pre-game skate. He's making his return tonight after missing more than two weeks because of appendicitis.

It looks like Modano will be playing tonight on a line with old pal Jere Lehtinen and youngster Jamie Benn. As you certainly know, these last five games could be the last of Modano's storied career, so I expect lots of applause tonight every time his name is mentioned or he's pictured on the jumbotron.

The side note tonight is that the Stars could be officially eliminated from the playoffs. If the Stars lose, and Colorado gets at least one point against Calgary, it's all over for Dallas.

That's a formality, though. The fans will be here tonight to cheer for Modano.

Lineup notes: Kari Lehtonen is starting in goal. Scratches will be goalie Matt Climie, defenseman Jeff Woywitka and forwards Krys Barch and Fabian Brunnstrom.