Sometimes an injury can be a blessing in disguise. That was definitely the case for Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who returned to the ice for the current Pacific Division-leading Stars (19-12-1, 39 points) six games ago and has 7 points since coming back.

Morrow had missed six games with a back injury suffered in a Nov. 21 victory over Edmonton, a game where he was limited to just 11:49 of ice time. But through his first 20 games, he was struggling and his numbers (3 goals, 9 points) illustrated that.

After sitting out the next six, the longest-tenured Star made his return on Nov. 8 at San Jose as Dallas set out on a five-game road trip. He had a goal and an assist in a losing effort that night as the Stars fell to the Sharks, but the return of Morrow, along with defensemen Trevor Daley and Alex Goligoski, helped spark the Stars to take six of a possible 10 points on the trip and to a 5-3 win over Anaheim on Monday in Dallas.