1,000th game for Jamie Langenbrunner

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars will honor Jamie Langenbrunner with a pregame ceremony prior to the forward's 1,000th career NHL game on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Langenbrunner, acquired from New Jersey recently, obviously didn't expect to be playing his 1,000th game in a Stars uniform when the season began back in the fall.

"Well, this is not the spot I thought I would be at the beginning of the year, that's for certain," Langenbrunner said. "I am pretty excited about it. It's definitely a personal accomplishment to stay in the league this long, and I feel very fortunate and blessed to have played with some great teams and great players.

"It's nice that the team is doing this for me. I feel a little awkward with me just being here a few days, but it shows how first class this organization is. It's very nice of them."

The 35-year-old Langenbrunner, who played for the Stars when they won the Stanley Cup during the 1998-99 season, has 90 goals and 235 points in 435 career games with Dallas.

In other news for the Stars, Matt Niskanen skated with the team for the first time since cutting his hand in a collision with Karlis Skrastins on Jan. 5, but he'll miss his fifth straight game.

"That was good to see," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "It's starting to look like he could practice with us in the next couple days. That's a step forward. He won't be available to us tonight, and we'll see how he responds the next couple days and see how his hand is.

This is an injury that is about making sure his wound doesn't re-open and that he is able to hold his stick and have some power and be able to maneuver and play."

Mark Stepneski covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter .