A preview of the Stars.
When and where: 8 p.m. EST. American Airlines Arena.
TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Southwest.
Record: 23-20-8, 54 points. The Stars are in fifth place in the Central Division.
Leading Scorer: Tyler Segin, 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists).
Last Game: 7-1 home win against the Maple Leafs, Thursday. Jamie Benn had a goal and three assists for the Stars.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home shootout loss, Feb. 29, 2012. Loui Eriksson recorded two assists for the Stars.
Stars Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ray Whitney. He has 48 points in 44 career games against the Penguins.
Ex-Penguins on the Stars: Alex Goligoski (above), D; Sergei Gonchar, D; Jiri Hrdina, amateur scout; Mark Recchi, advisor to hockey operations.
Ex-Stars/North Stars on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Chris Conner, RW; Bill Guerin, player development coach; Jussi Jokinen, LW; Matt Niskanen, D; James Neal, LW; Warren Young, amateur scout.
Useless Stars/North Stars Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Niskanen (2005) is one of six former Stars/North Stars first-round draft picks who have played for the Penguins. The others are defensemen Rick Jackman (1996), Bryan Maxwell (1975), Ron Meighan (1981), right winger Jarome Iginla (1995) and left winger Brenden Morrow (1997). A seventh, Botterill (1994), currently works in the Penguins' front office.
Best Stars/North Stars Video We Could Find: Former Penguins goaltender Gilles Meloche pitching for a local pizza joint while as a member of the North Stars:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (28-11-1, 2.30 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Penguins. Kari Lehtonen (19-14-8, 2.58 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Stars.
Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Brian Gibbons ("lower body"), Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Stars, defenseman Stephane Robidas (leg) is on injured reserve.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 12 Chuck Kobasew
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 59 Jayson Megna
15 Tanner Glass - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
-The Penguins lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Jamie Benn - 91 Tyler Seguin - 43 Valeri Nichushkin
21 Antoine Roussel - 20 Cody Eakin - 16 Ryan Garbutt
72 Erik Cole - 38 Vernon Fiddler - 13 Ray Whitney
17 Rich Peverley - 10 Shawn Horcoff - 12 Alex Chiasson
-The last time the Penguins played the Stars, this happened:
-Kunitz has 197 career goals.
-The Stars assigned former Penguins left winger Dustin Jeffrey to Texas of the AHL.
-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 7:45 p.m. Please tune in.
(Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)