It has been a great run for the Penguins and one they will look to continue on Saturday afternoon against a Stars team that has won three straight.
Dallas got back on the ice for the first time in over two weeks Thursday when it beat the Panthers 6-5 in overtime.
The win was the Stars’ third straight and comes on the heels of losing five straight games through the middle of December.
Saturday, they will look to slow down a red-hot Penguins team as they try and climb back into the playoff picture.
How to Watch: Not just streaming this time! AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (ATTSN-PT) locally in the Western PA viewing area, Bally Sports Southwest (BSSW), NHL Network elsewhere in America
Opponent Track: The Dallas Stars emerged from a two-and-a-half week pause on January 6, during which 11 players— including captain Jamie Benn— went through COVID-19 protocol. They returned by facing the dangerous Florida Panthers after six postponed games. The game was a wild one; the score saw five separate ties, neither team ever led by more than one goal, and it took a shootout to decide the Stars’ 6-5 win. It wasn’t a blowout victory, but it showed that, although they sit four points out of a Pacific Division Wild Card spot, the Stars can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league.
Pens path ahead: Next up is the Penguins’ California road trip, where fans looking to watch from the East Coast are in for a couple few late nights in Anaheim (10 p.m. EST, January 11), Los Angeles (10:30 p.m., January 15) and San Jose (10 p.m., January 20). The team will finish out their longest road trip of the season in Las Vegas on January 17.
What you need to know about Saturday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins at American Airlines Center:
Game 31: Dallas Stars (16-12-2, 34 points) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (20-8-5, 45 points)
When: Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. CT
Where: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Lauren Callender, Brien Rea, Brent Severyn, Michelle McMahon)
Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Owen Newkirk, Bruce LeVine)
Online stream: Bally Sports
In-arena radio: 97.5-FM
Live stats: NHL GameCenter
Tickets: View seats
Pre-paid parking: Purchase now
Oh, I was thinking about the last time I saw you
• The Stars face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second and final time this season on Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center.
• The Stars bested the Penguins in the season opener, a 2-1 shootout victory at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 19, 2021.
• Forward Michael Raffl posted the Stars’ lone goal in regulation in their October win, while forward Alexander Radulov scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Radulov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 games against Pittsburgh, posting three points (one goal, two assists) in five games on home ice.
• Defenseman Miro Heiskanen tallied an assist in the Stars’ most recent game against the Penguins and now has two assists in his past three games against the Pens.
• Forward Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with nine goals and 15 points in 26 career games against the Penguins.
My competitive nature keeps me keeping score
• Captain Jamie Benn centered Seguin and Denis Gurianov in the Stars’ last three outings. In the last two games, the trio has contributed six of the Stars’ 12 goals.
• Gurianov recorded a power-play goal Thursday night against the Panthers, his third goal with the man advantage this season. He added two assists and now has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games.
• Benn recorded a goal and an assist in each of his past two games, totaling four points. He shares fourth on the Stars with nine goals and ranks fifth with 17 points.
• Seguin is riding a two-game goal streak for the third time this season. Seguin shares fourth on the Stars with nine goals this season with five of them coming on home ice.
You’re a million in my mind
• Forward Jason Robertson lit the lamp on Thursday night against the Panthers at American Airlines Center.
• He has points in five consecutive games (three goals, three assists), marking his third streak of points in four or more consecutive games this season, having been held off the score sheet in only six of his 24 contests.
• At American Airlines Center, he has points in nine consecutive games on home ice (five goals, seven assists), tied for the longest active home point streak in the NHL (other: Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos).
• He became the fourth player in franchise history to record a home point streak of 9+ games in consecutive seasons, joining Loui Eriksson (10 GP in 2009-10 and 9 GP in 2010-11), Neal Broten (11 GP in 1981-82 and 13 GP in 1982-83) and Dino Ciccarelli (11 GP in 1981-82 and 10 GP in 1982-83).
• The Arcadia, Calif. native has 17 points in his past 14 games (eight goals, nine assists), including a season-long seven-game point streak (five goals, six assists) from Nov. 23-Dec. 8.
• Within that span, Robertson recorded three consecutive multi-point games for the first time in his career. He leads the team with seven multi-point performances this season.
• Robertson ranks second on the Stars in points (26), tied for second in assists (15) and third in goals (11).
• He also leads Dallas with a +8 rating and shares second in power-play tallies (2).
Know before you go
Before you take off for the game, please be advised of the following operational, health and safety protocols currently in place at American Airlines Center:
Mask Policy: In accordance with the Dallas County mask order, masks will be required upon entry to American Airlines Center. It is not required to submit a health screening in advance. Health and safety protocols could change at any point based on NHL, federal, state or local guidance.
Bag Policy: Wristlet, clutch or wallet 4.5×6.5 allowed at all entrances. Purses no larger than 14x14x6 will be allowed at designated X-ray entry points. No backpack or large totes allowed. Remote Bag Check at Silver Garage will be available for fans who need to check bags that are too large.
Re-Entry Policy: Re-entry is not allowed at any event at the American Airlines Center. For certain situations such as medical needs, re-entry can be approved by the Guest Services Supervisor at the door.
Smoking Policy: Guests can smoke at JD Patio and ULTRA Club Patio. No smoking areas will be located on Platinum level. All guests must be re-screened prior to entry back into the building.