When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas.
TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM).
About the Stars: They were given up for dead after a 1-7-1 start that included a 3-2 loss Oct. 5 in St. Louis. But they have been on fire since then, with a 14-2-1 record that is the NHL’s best since Oct. 19. Dallas had a seven-game winning streak, which tied the franchise record, stopped Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to Chicago. The Stars are breathing down the Blues’ necks for first place in the Central Division, with 32 points to the Blues’ 36.
The defense and goaltending are as good as ever. St. Louisan Ben Bishop (9-5-1) has a 2.23 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage; Anton Khudobin (6-4-1) has been even better statistically, with a 2.14 GAA and .931 save percentage.
The offense has perked up as well. In the 12 games before the loss to Chicago, a stretch in which the Stars went 11-0-1, Dallas averaged 3.92 goals per game. Roope Hintz has a team-best 10 goals followed by Alexander Radulov with eight.