Chicago opens up a five-game stretch against Central Division foes on Saturday night as the face the Dallas Stars for the first of four meetings this season. The two teams meet again in an extended home-and-home on Tuesday night at the United Center (TICKETS).
The Blackhawks dropped their second straight 4-2 game on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Patrick Kane notched his 600th career assist as he extended his point streak to 11 games (8G, 12A) and Brent Seabrook and Dylan Strome each found the net in the loss.
The Stars took a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at home, their fifth straight win and 10th straight game picking up at least a point. Tyler Seguin (6G, 13A) leads the way for the Texas club with 19 points this season.
In the four meetings a year ago, Chicago went 3-1-0 against the Stars, including road wins on Dec. 20, 5-2, and March 9, 2-1. Kane led all skaters in scoring with four goals and two assists in the series.
Chicago held an optional morning skate on Saturday - one that was well-attended - and head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed afterwards that Robin Lehner would start in goal, while Dominik Kubalik returns to the lineup in place of Slater Koekkoek.