By going 15-2-2 since their captain was traded to Dallas Jan. 7, the Devils have turned the page. Don't expect them to turn the other cheek.

Dainius Zubrus says he might have a defensive elbow handy for protection against Jamie Langenbrunner tonight in Dallas.

"If he comes hard," Zubrus said.

The Devils' Preposterous Dream and seven-game winning streak takes a one-night back seat to the reunion with their three-year captain, who has not been replaced since his departure.

It was Sept. 26, 2008 when Langenbrunner ran teammate Zubrus into the boards during a training camp scrimmage.

"He grabbed me, and I said, 'Really? You want to do this?' And he kept going, so we went at it," Zubrus said.

It could have been called "delay of game," the way they avoided injuring each other -- and themselves -- but Langenbrunner later said he was trying, as captain, to light a fire under Zubrus.

Zubrus exaggerated his success in that bout when describing it to Ilya Kovalchuk, and said he doesn't expect to feel strange seeing Langenbrunner back in a Stars uniform.

"I've seen it a lot. I've been 'Suitcase' for a while," Zubrus said.

Langenbrunner, 35, was a Star from 1994 through 2002, until he was dealt to the Devils with Joe Nieuwendyk for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and a first-rounder. As a Devil, he prompted strong opinions. He was one of the heroes of their improbable -- and last --Stanley Cup championship, sharing the NHL playoff goal-scoring lead in 2003. He was a clutch scorer, although a streaky one, but it was his grit that was his greatest attribute. He came back only eight days after knee arthroscopy during the 2009 playoffs.