National Hockey League

Gameday: Stars Meet Avalanche In Central Division Podium Battle

Tonight will be a crucial test as both squads seek two precious points — and to deny a close rival two more.

The blueline leader has been healing from an infection he incurred when a blocked puck split the skin above his kneecap during the Winter Classic.

Klingberg was playing some of his best hockey of the season just before the injury, so the Stars stand to benefit in a big way if he can return to form quickly.

Call-up forward Joel Kiviranta practiced with the top line yesterday, which could provide some intrigue as interim head coach Rick Bowness tries to steer his team to a regular-season sweep versus what could be a potential first-round playoff opponent if things continue as they are today.

They also have their own defensive prodigy in Cale Makar , who’s currently averaging 20:38 time on ice and has earned 33 points in 37 games this season to date.

Puck Drop: 8 PM CST (Pepsi Center, Denver, CO)TV: ESPN+, ALT, FSSW+Radio: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The TicketOnline: Fox Sports Go app /

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