Stars-Blackhawks Preview

Friday, 11.8.2013 / 7:40 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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