Stars-Blackhawks Preview

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 8:03 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Preview
Previewing Tuesday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
Tuesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (34-26-11) won their second straight game, defeating Winnipeg, 2-1, at American Airlines Center Monday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots and Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power play goals.

"I thought we played well. I was a little concerned that we missed some great opportunities in the first period. When you get those opportunities you can really get a team down,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “But I thought we stayed with it. We played sound defensively. We had a few breakdowns but special teams won us a game. Our goaltender made some big saves when we needed them."

The Stars moved to within one point of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have one game in hand on the Coyotes, who play at Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Injuries: F Erik Cole (upper body) and F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (41-16-15) are coming off a 2-0 loss to Nashville in Chicago on Sunday. The loss snapped a four-game points streak for the Blackhawks, who are six points behind Central Division leading St. Louis. Chicago lost three of four to Nashville this season.

"Obviously, we know points are at stake," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "We want to keep getting those points and we left two on the table tonight, but for whatever reason we've had trouble against these guys. I can't pinpoint what it is. We've played good games the last little while and we've played good team games, so I don't know. It's tough when you don't score a goal to win the game."

F Patrick Kane has missed the last two games with a leg injury that was expected to keep him out three weeks.

Highly touted forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago’s first round pick (18th overall) in 2012, could make his NHL debut Tuesday vs. the Stars.

Injuries: LW Bryan Bickell (upper body) is questionable. D Michal Rozsival (lower body) is doubtful. F Patrick Kane (leg) and G Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Blackhawks.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 in the season series.

*The Blackhawks are 3-1-0 in the season series.

*November 9, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 5, Stars 2

*November 29, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 2, Stars 1 (SO)

*December 3, Dallas at Chicago: Stars 4, Blackhawks 3

*December 10, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 6, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 7-5-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Blackhawks are 6-5-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 1-4-0 on the road since the break.

*The Blackhawks are 5-3-0 at home since the break.

*The Blackhawks lead the league in goal scoring at 3.26 per game, but have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 14 games.

*The Stars are 9-10-5 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 10-12-13 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is on a career-high nine-game points streak (seven goals, nine assists, 16 points).

*Chicago captain Jonathan Toews has nine goals in the last 11 games.

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 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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