Kari Lehtonen will face Cory Schneider in goal tonight.
Roberto Luongo was in Florida with his wife for the birth of their second child and is expected to fly in and be the backup goalie.
Schneider is 5-0-2 this season and in his only other appearance at AAC, he had 45 saves and lost a 2-1 game to the Stars last season.
It looks like Matt Niskanen and Krys Barch will be the healthy scratches tonight for Dallas.
The Stars will play on New Year's Eve for the 13th consecutive season. They are 7-3-2 on New Yea's Eve since moving to Dallas
By the way, this is a 7 p.m. start, which is rare for a Friday, and the game is on KTXA 21 (and not on FSSW as it is listed on the pocket schedules).
Here are some fun facts from the Stars' PR department:
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. VANCOUVER:
78-58-25 (Home: 43-24-12. Away: 32-34-13, This Season: 0-0-0)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
A NEW YEARS EVE TRADITION: Dallas will host a game on New Year’s Eve for the 13th straight season dating back to 1997. The Stars are 16-11-3 all-time on New Year’s Eve, including a 7-3-2 record since moving to Dallas, outscoring their opponent 44-26 in
that span. Loui Eriksson’s hat trick (3 goals) helped the Stars to a 5-3 victory over Anaheim last season.
TWO OF THE BEST IN THE NHL: Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson are amongst the top 10 scorers in the NHL. Richards ranks seventh in the NHL in scoring with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and Eriksson ranks 10th
with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists).
HIGH SCORING DUOS ON THE ICE: The duo of Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson is the second-highest scoring duo in the Western Conference this season with 82 points (33 goals, 49 assists) behind Vancouver's Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin with 92 points (27
goals, 65 assists).
THE SWEDE-ES OF THEM ALL: Tomorrow’s game against Vancouver features the top two highest goal-scoring Swedish-born players since the start of the 2008-09 season. Stars forward Loui Eriksson has scored 81 goals and Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has 79
goals during that span.
WHO TO WATCH:
Brad Richards has a two-game point streak (one goal, one assist) and has points in seven of his last eight games (five goals, three assists). Richards recorded a goal against Detroit on Wednesday night and now has 17 goals
and 25 assists this season.
Loui Eriksson recorded one assist on Wednesday night against Detroit and has a two-game point streak (one goal, one assist). Eriksson also has points in seven of his last eight games (four goals, eight assists) and now has 16 goals and 24 assists this
Mark Fistric has netted goals in each of his last two games, marking the first goal-streak of his NHL career and scored the game-winning goal Dec. 28 at Nashville. Fistric now has two goals and one assist this season.
Jamie Benn posted his fifth multi-point game of the season on Wednesday against Detroit (one goal, one assist) and points in five of his last six games (two goals, five assists). Benn now has nine goals and 14 assists this season.