Chicago Blackhawks (9–9–5) vs. Dallas Stars (14–8–2)
7 p.m. CST
Projected starting goaltenders
Chicago (12.5%, 28th)
Dallas (12.8%, 27th)
Chicago (80.7%, 18th)
Dallas (85.0%, Seventh)
Chicago (30.7, 20th; 37.0, 31st)
Dallas (30.8, 19th; 30.4, Fourth)
Face off percentage
Chicago (49.0%, 22nd)
Dallas (52.8%, Fourth)
Projected lines and pairings
It is deja vu for the Blackhawks as they once again take on the Dallas Stars. In their last meeting, Robin Lehner turned in another Herculean effort. He made 40 saves on 41 shots during regulation and overtime. Lehner’s Achilles heel reared its ugly head on Saturday night in Dallas. Historically weak in the shootout, Lehner continued that trend this season. Lehner did not stop a single shooter during the shootout. Despite poor shootout results, he now leads the NHL in save percentage with a .938 save percentage.
On a night when the Blackhawks needed their high-octane offense to get off the ground, they sputtered with only one regulation goal, which was Olli Maatta’s first of the season. The Maatta goal did help extend Patrick Kane‘s season-long point streak. The streak now stands at 12 games and he will be looking to continue the streak tonight.
Despite all the impressive numbers from Lehner, though, Chicago will turn to Corey Crawford on Tuesday, as the Blackhawks continue to generally adhere to their goalie rotation. Now, Crawford has not been a slouch in the net. He has played better than his season averages as of late, going 3–1–2 with a 2.50 goals against average and .933 save percentage.
The major difference between the last two meetings will be Crawford in net and rest. While the Blackhawks have not played a game since Saturday night, the Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in Dallas last night and will be playing in their third back-to-back this season.
The troubling thing for the Blackhawks is that the Stars’ offense got rolling against the Golden Knights. Alexander Radulov netted himself two goals and John Klingberg had three assists. With Ben Bishop getting the start against Vegas, the Blackhawks figure to see Anton Khudobin in net again. Khudobin allowed one goal on 39 chances and no goals in the shootout. His 38-save effort tied a career-high for Khudobin and was his second 38-save game this season.
Can the Blackhawks solve Khudobin this time around or will Khudobin continue his impressive play?