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Stars face big test in Blackhawks

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 10:30 AM / 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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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