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Stars face big test in Blackhawks

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 9:30 AM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars face big test in Blackhawks

The Dallas Stars have defeated some good teams during their current five-game winning streak. To push it to six games they’ll have to beat the best. The Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night at United Center, and the last time the two teams met it didn’t go well for the Stars.

That was March 16 at American Airlines Center and the Blackhawks demolished the Stars 8-1.

“I think that we’re going to talk a little bit in our room about the last time we played them,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It’s going to be there and we have to come out with a gutsy effort. We’ve got to continue to focus on our game.”

The Stars look a lot different than they did a month ago. Gone are players like Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow, all dealt away prior to the NHL trade deadline. Into the mix are young players like Alex Chiasson, who has scored six goals in his first NHL games.

The Stars’ game looks different as well. It’s a more direct game – a north-south style – and it’s paid dividends for the Stars.

“We’re obviously a much different team now. We were playing a little more risky game back then, and I think we’ve really tightened that up. We’re playing more direct and harder defensively,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “We made some moves and brought in some youth and a little bit of energy. I think our game is much more consistent now. These guys are really buying into the system. They are not as high risk, they are just driving the net and playing simple. The older guys we have here have been preaching that the whole year and we haven’t been able to put it together. Right now, we are finding a way and it feels great.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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