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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:40 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Preview
Previewing Saturday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Saturday, November 9
7 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (8-6-2) finished the sweep of a three-game road trip with a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Thursday night. Cody Eakin scored a power play goal with 1:10 remaining in regulation to tie the game and Rich Peverley scored at the 4:41 mark of overtime for the Stars, who also beat Ottawa and Boston on the trip.

“It was a good trip for us,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Games that built character and we needed character to win games and some of our characters provided the wins for us.”

The Stars improved to 5-1-2 over their last eight games overall.

The Stars did not skate Friday. Players worked out off the ice.

The Stars play this one game at home Saturday and then head back out on the road next week for games at Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Stars recalled D Aaron Rome from the Texas Stars (AHL) on Friday and assigned D Kevin Connauton to Texas for conditioning.

Injuries: None

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (10-2-4) are coming off a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg at United Center on Wednesday. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored goals in the final two-and-half minutes of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead and the defending champs pushed their lead to 4-0 by early in the third.

“That's something we've been focusing on," Toews said. "When you have teams coming in here really elevating their game to begin with, it's not always easy. But we really focused on that in the second and third, and it started defensively. [This] was a solid start, and we kind of sustained that pressure as the game went along.”

Chicago has points in five straight games (4-0-1).

The Blackhawks play Saturdays’ road game against the Stars and then head back to Chicago for a two-game homestand against Edmonton and Phoenix.

Injuries: C Michal Handzus (upper body), D Michael Kostka (lower body) and C Brad Mills (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings this season.

*The Stars and Blackhawks play four times over the next month.

*The Stars were 0-2-1 against Chicago last season.

*The Stars are 98-120-35 all-time vs. Chicago.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-1-2 at home.

*Chicago is 4-1-1 on the road.

*The Stars have played in seven consecutive one-goal games and are 4-1-2 in those games.

*The Stars are 6-2-2 in one-goal games this season.

*The Blackhawks are 5-1-4 in one-goal games.

*Chicago has been shorthanded only four times in the last four games.

*The Blackhawks rank 30th in the league in penalty killing at 74.4 percent.

*The Stars are 3-35 (8.6 percent) on the power play over the last 11 games overall, and 0-18 on the power play at home this season.

*The Stars are 14-15 (93.3 percent) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*The Stars are 1-2-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 3-2-1 vs. the Central Division.

*Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for the Stars team lead in goals (6) and points (15).

*Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals (9). Kane and Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks in points (14).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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