STARS (18-13-11) at RANGERS (20-17-5)
Last 10 -- Dallas 4-5-1; New York 6-2-2
Season series -- This is the first and only meeting between the teams. They met twice last season, with the Stars winning both games.
Big story -- The points are big for two teams living close to the bottom of the playoff chases in their respective conferences. The Rangers have 45 points and are tied for seventh in the East. However, they are only four points ahead of 13th-place Florida. The Stars have two more points than the Rangers in the same amount of games played, but sit four points out of a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive West.
Stars -- Consistency is the name of Dallas' game. They've had just one three-game losing streak this season, but they've also yet to put together a three-game winning streak. Their 4-0 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday was their second in a row.
"We've been what our record says we are - up and down," center Brad Richards said. "We've had some good spurts, and we've had some bad spurts."
January could be a make-or-break month for the Stars, who play 15 games. Goaltender Marty Turco, who was given Tuesday night off, should be back in net tonight for Dallas.
Rangers -- Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person? The Rangers are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games overall, but have just two wins in their last 10 games at MadisonSquareGarden. Christopher Higgins, who scored the game winning goal Monday against the Boston Bruins, feels the team is playing well despite a 6-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last week.