BLACKHAWKS (49-22-7) at STARS (35-30-14)
Last 10 -- Chicago 5-4-1; Dallas 5-4-1
Season series -- This is the fourth and final meeting between the Stars and Blackhawks. The Hawks scored a 4-3 shootout victory at United Center on Feb. 9 but the Stars still hold a 2-1 lead in the season series after taking the first two games earlier this season.
Big Story -- The Blackhawks earned their first division title since winning the Norris Division in 1992-93 when the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. They then went out and scored a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames and appear to be heating up at the right time, winning their last three games while outscoring the opposition, 9-2. Prior to the current winning streak, the Hawks were 2-5-2 over their previous nine contests.
Blackhawks -- The Blackhawks have reached 49 wins to equal the team record set in 1970-71 and again matched in 1990-91. Most importantly, the Hawks have closed to within two points of Western Conference-leading San Jose for the top seed and home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs with four games left, including a home-ice showdown against the Detroit Red Wings in the regular-season finale on Sunday.
Stars -- Playing in their 18th game in 33 nights since the Olympic break, the inconsistencies continued for the Stars on Saturday as they missed out on an opportunity to build their first three-game winning streak of the season with a 2-1 loss to St. Louis. Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo scored a power-play goal in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie at Scottrade Center. Dallas is the only team in the League this season that has failed to string together three successive victories.