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2020 NHL Winter Classic preview: Stars vs. Predators

Dallas enters the outdoor game with points in six of its last eight games against Nashville

by Press Release @DallasStars / Dallas Stars Communications
Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators

Franchise Overall: 46-33-6
Dallas Stars Overall: 46-33-6
Dallas Stars Home: 28-11-2
Dallas Stars Road: 18-22-4

2019-20 Record vs. Opponent: 1-0-0
Dec. 14 at Nashville - W, 4-1

Current Streak: Won Last Game (1-0-0)
Last 10 Overall: 4-4-2 (MR: W, 4-1, 12/14/19)
Last 10 Home: 6-3-1 (MR: L, 3-5, 2/19/19)
Last 10 Road: 4-5-1 (MR: W, 4-1, 12/14/19)

Did you know?
  • The Stars have collected points in six of their last eight regular-season contests (4-2-2) against the Predators.

  • In the Lone Star State, Dallas has earned points in 10 of the last 14 regular-season games (9-4-1) vs. Nashville.

  • In the first meeting of the 2019-20 campaign between the two clubs on Dec. 14, the Stars defeated the Predators, 4-1, at Bridgestone Arena. Goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 37 of 38 shots and has now earned points in four of his last five outings (3-1-1) vs. Nashville.

  • Captain Jamie Benn has recorded points in nine of his last 10 contests (7-9=16) against the Predators in Dallas.

  • Center Tyler Seguin has points in four-straight games (2-2=4) vs. Nashville.

  • Center Mattias Janmark has points in three of his last four games (2-2=4) against the Predators.

  • Defenseman Esa Lindell has inked the scoresheet in four of his five games (1-5=6) against the Predators.

  • Center Roope Hintz has notched points in back-to-back games (1-1=2) vs. Nashville.

Video: What should we expect for the 2020 Winter Classic?


Bowness set to make NHL history
  • Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness will become just one of three coaches in NHL history to have held a head coaching position in five different decades when he steps behind the bench on Jan.1 at the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. 

  • He will join Hockey Hall of Fame Honored Members Pat Quinn and Scotty Bowman as the only individuals in the League's history to accomplish this feat.

  • The native of Moncton, New Brunswick will have served as the bench boss during the 1980's (Winnipeg), 1990's (Boston, Ottawa, New York Islanders), 2000's (Phoenix), 2010's (Dallas) and 2020's (Dallas).

  • Quinn served as head coach during the 1970's (Philadelphia), 1980's (Philadelphia, Los Angeles), 1990's (Vancouver, Toronto), 2000's (Toronto, Edmonton) and 2010's (Edmonton).

  • Bowman was behind the bench as head coach during the 1960's (St. Louis), 1970's (St. Louis, Montreal, Buffalo), 1980's (Buffalo), 1990's (Pittsburgh, Detroit), and 2000's (Detroit).

Video: Winter Classic takes Stars back to where it all began


    The great outdoors
    • The Stars and Predators will be making their outdoor game debut, becoming the 24th and 25th NHL teams to take part in one of the marquee dates on the NHL calendar. 

    • There have been 28 total regular-season outdoor NHL games to date: 11 Winter Classics, 10 Stadium Series, five Heritage Classics, one Centennial Classic and one NHL100 Classic.

    • The crowd at Cotton Bowl Stadium for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is expected to rank as the second-largest for an NHL game in the League's 102-year history. 

    • It is set to eclipse the current #2 (76,126), set on New Year's Day a year ago in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The biggest crowd in NHL history remains the 105,491 that packed Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

    • Overall, the Stars feature six players who have participated in a prior outdoor NHL game, while the Predators counter with eight skaters plus head coach Peter Laviolette. 

    • Stars forwards Andrew Cogliano  and Corey Perry  both scored as members of the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-0 win over Los Angeles in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium.

    • Other Stars players with outdoor game experience includes forward Blake Comeau (1 GP, 0-1=1), center Joe Pavelski (1 GP, 0-0=0), defenseman Roman Polak (2 GP, 0-1=1) and defenseman Andrej Sekera (1 GP, 0-0=0).

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