Key matchup: Brenden Dillon vs. Jake Muzzin

The two won’t go head-to-head, so this will be more a matchup of comparison. Each was signed as a 20-year-old free agent. Now, three years later, each is playing on the top defense pair and making huge plays. Muzzin is coming off a two-goal, one-assist game in a 6-4 win Tuesday over St. Louis.

Key stat: 15

That’s the goal total for Kings forward Jeff Carter, second highest in the league behind Steven Stamkos (17). In 10 career games against the Stars, Carter has three goals and three assists for six points.

Injuries

Dallas: LW Ray Whitney (foot), D Aaron Rome (foot) are out.

Los Angeles: D Willie Mitchell (knee) and D Matt Greene (back) are out.