The Stars and Blender will play a three-game series in Las Vegas this weekend, but not without a couple of other things on the line.
The Stars and the Canucks will face off Friday night at 8 p.m.
ET in the Stars’ final game of the season, as the Stars prepare for the start of a new campaign.
The Canucks will play Thursday night in the Canucks’ final contest of the regular season, a 7:30 p.c. game against the Winnipeg Jets.
That game is expected to be delayed due to snow in Manitoba.
Both games will air on NHL Network, with NHL Network streaming a two-hour pregame show at 7:45 p.p.m., and the broadcast will include a pregame chat.
The Canucks have a bye, but the Stars are still in position to play in a shootout.
The game between the Stars and Canucks will be the last of the new year, with both teams hoping to get the new-look season rolling.
The two teams will play at 7 p.s.m Friday at the American Airlines Center.
The game will be streamed on NHL.com and the NHL app for mobile devices.
Both teams will be in the midst of the off-season, as they will look to find a long-term solution for their goaltending tandem of Jyrki Jokipakka and Antti Niemi.
The season has been tumultuous, with the Stars, who have been on a three game losing streak, missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
The team also lost goaltender Martin Hanzal for the year with a broken wrist.
The teams have had some interesting off-ice issues in recent weeks, with coach Lindy Ruff recently admitting he was going through a “weird period” after a brawl with his former teammates during a game.
Ruff was removed from his post after the game, and the team’s ownership split.
The Jets, who had their bye the week before, were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs, and Ruff said he felt his team was on the verge of being eliminated again, but that he and his coaching staff had a plan to overcome the problems.
Both players are still dealing with injuries, and neither will be ready for the postseason, but both have a chance to get some much-needed rest before they get back to the ice again.
The NHLPA has already indicated that it will take a similar stance as it did in 2016, when it made the players of both teams eligible for trade.