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December 26, 2013

GameDay: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars

7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center

Predators at Stars

7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center

TV: FSSW  Radio: KTCK/1310 AM, 96.7 FM

Records: Stars 18-12-6, 42 points; Predators 16-17-4, 36 pts.

About the Stars: The Predators beat the Stars 3-1 Dec. 12 in Nashville in the Central Division rivals’ first meeting. ... The Stars won impressively 5-2 at Los Angeles on Monday. ... Dallas, 3-0-1 in its last four games games before the Christmas break, is three points from the second of two Western Conference wild-card playoff berths, according to nhl.com. ... The Stars, beginning a five-game homestand, are fifth in the Central and 10th in the West. The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, with wild cards going to the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference. ... Defenseman Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms) is likely out.

About the Predators: Nashville was 0-3-1 before the Christmas break, scoring only eight goals total. ... Goalie Pekka Rinne (hip infection) is out.

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