Dallas Stars (13–8–2) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (9–9–4)
7:00 p.m. CST
American Airlines Arena
Projected starting goaltenders
Chicago (13.2%, 28th)
Dallas (13.6%, 27th)
Chicago (79.7%, 18th)
Dallas (84.3%, 7th)
Chicago (30.1, 21th; 36.8, 31st)
Dallas (30.3, 20th; 30.0, 26th)
Face off percentage
Chicago (48.9%, 22nd)
Dallas (52.9%, Fourth)
Projected lines and pairings
Once the Blackhawks were riding a wave of confidence only have it hit a crescendo and come crashing down. In their second of two losses, the Blackhawks followed a similar formula. The team was outplayed for two periods only to fall short in the third period. Despite falling short again, there were some positives to come out of the loss. Patrick Kane extended his point streak and reached another career milestone, 600 career assists. In addition to Kane, Corey Crawford strung together another strong outing, he made 31 of 34 saves. Crawford will get tonight off as Robin Lehner gets the start against the Dallas Stars. It will be the seventh consecutive game where the Blackhawks will alternate goalies.
The Blackhawks will have a tough challenge in the Dallas Stars, tonight. The Stars are playing impressive hockey as of late going 6-0-1 in their last seven games. In addition to being a very hot team, the Stars are getting healthy. Both John Klingberg and Roope Hintz back from injury. Klingberg and Hintz will be joining a red hot Radek Faksa, who xenters tonight’s game on a career-high eight-game point streak. If Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can finally get going for the Stars, the Western Conference better watch out.
Will the Blackhawks losing streak stop at two or will the Stars continue to shoot into the sky?