What you need to know about Friday's game between the Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers:
Game 37: Dallas Stars (20-12-4) at Florida Panthers (16-12-5)
When: Friday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. CT
Where: BB&T Center (Sunrise, Fla.)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest (Josh Bogorad, Daryl "Razor" Reaugh, Brien Rea, Brent Severyn)
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM (Josh Bogorad, Daryl "Razor" Reaugh, Owen Newkirk, Bruce LeVine)
Live stream: FOX Sports GO and NHL.TV (outside Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex)
Follow: @DallasStars, official Dallas Stars app and NHL GameCenter
About last night
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Stars sit five points ahead of the first non-playoff team in the Western Conference.
That's a pretty comfortable cushion in today's NHL, but it was forged with some pretty hard work.
Anton Khudobin stole two points Thursday. He stopped 45 shots on goal, helped the Stars get to overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and then watched as Tyler Seguin won the game, 4-3, in the extra frame with his second goal in... Click here to continue reading.
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Center Tyler Seguin is riding a three-game point streak (2-6=8) vs. Florida and has points in seven of his last eight games (4-13=17) against them.
Captain Jamie Benn is riding an eight-game point streak (9-6=15) against the Panthers.
Benn has points in four consecutive games (5-3=8) at BB&T Center and has inked the scoresheet in six of his seven career contests (6-6=12) in Sunrise.
Center Joe Pavelski has points in seven of his last nine games (4-6=10) against the Panthers.
Pavelski has points in four-straight games (2-2=4) at BB&T Center and points in six of his seven contests (4-4=8) in Sunrise.
Right wing Alexander Radulov has points in each of his eight career contests vs. Florida (5-11=16), registering six points (1-5=6) in his four games at BB&T Center.
Center Roope Hintz has points in both of his career contests against the Panthers (0-2=2).
Not your average Joe
Forward Joe Pavelski is scheduled to skate in his 1,000th career NHL game on Friday night against the Florida Panthers.
Pavelski would become the second Stars player this season to reach the 1,000 game plateau. Right wing Corey Perry achieved the milestone on Oct. 13 against the Calgary Flames.
Heading into the back-to-back games against the Lightning and Panthers, the forward has registered 776 points (362-414=776) in 998 games.
The 14-season NHL veteran spent the first 13 seasons of his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, appearing in 963 regular-season games in a Sharks sweater before joining the Stars this past offseason.
The forward has made three All-Star Game appearances in his career, being named to the 2016, 2017 and 2019 All-Star squads.
In 2013-14, he was selected as a NHL Second Team All-Star after finishing tied for eighth in the League with a career-best 79 points (41-38=79).
Last season, Pavelski surpassed the 20-goal plateau for the 10th time in his NHL career and became one of only two players in NHL history drafted in the seventh round to do so, joining Hockey Hall of Fame Honored Member Doug Gilmour.
Don't miss your chance to see the Stars take on the Calgary Flames as they return home to American Airlines Center on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The first 5,000 kids receive a Miro Heiskanen youth jersey presented by AT&T. Get your tickets now!
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