Preview/Game Thread: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars

  

Dallas Stars (13–8–2) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (9–9–4)

7:00 p.m. CST
American Airlines Arena
TV/Radio: NBCSCH/WGN

Projected starting goaltenders

Chicago — Robin Lehner  (5–4–2, .934 save percentage, 2.52 goals against average)
DallasAnton Khudobin  (8–5–1, .926 save percentage, 2.25 goals against average)

Team statistics

Power play
Chicago (13.2%, 28th)
Dallas (13.6%, 27th)

Penalty kill
Chicago (79.7%, 18th)
Dallas (84.3%, 7th)

Shots for/against
Chicago (30.1, 21th; 36.8, 31st)
Dallas (30.3, 20th; 30.0, 26th)

Shooting percentage
Chicago (9.8%)
Dallas (9.5%)

Face off percentage
Chicago (48.9%, 22nd)
Dallas (52.9%, Fourth)

 

Projected lines and pairings

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon Saad — Jonathan Toews — Alexander Nylander
Alex DeBrincat — Dylan Strome — Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik — David Kampf — Andrew Shaw
Ryan Carpenter — Kirby Dach  Zack Smith

Duncan Keith — Erik Gustafsson
Calvin de Haan — Brent Seabrook
Olli Maatta  Connor Murphy

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn Justin Dowling Tyler Seguin
Denis GurianovJoe Pavelski  Alexander Radulov
Andrew Cogliano Radek Faksa Roope Hintz
Mattias Janmark Jason Dickinson Corey Perry

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Jamie OleksiakMiro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera Roman Polak

Analysis

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?

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