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It's another big game with playoff implications when the Dallas Stars come to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon. Chicago (26-27-9) suffered a 5-3 setback to Colorado on Friday night. They are now four points back of a Wild Card spot as of Saturday evening. The Stars currently hold the top Wild Card spot in the West with 65 points.
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The Blackhawks and Avalanche entertained the sold-out United Center crowd with a back-and-forth affair that saw the home team tie the game on three occasions before Colorado eventually pulled away late. Patrick Kane continued his dominance and extended his point streak to 20 games with his 39th goal of the season. He also fired a team-high 13 shots on net against the Avs.
Kane leads his team in scoring with 93 points (39G, 54A) in 61 games this season. Jonathan Toews is second on the team with 63 (28G, 35A) in 62 games. Alex DeBrincat scored his 34th goal of the season versus the Avs and has a total of 62 points in 62 games.
It's also worth noting that Dylan Strome is almost a point-per-game player since joining the Blackhawks on Nov. 25 via trade from Arizona. He has 13 goals and 24 assists, giving him 37 points in 38 games as a Blackhawk.
Between the pipes, Corey Crawford (concussion protocol) appears close to returning to game action. He hasn't played since Dec. 16, and has a 3.28 GAA and .902 save percentage in 23 appearances this season. Rookie Collin Delia has a 3.48 GAA and .909 SV% in 14 starts and 15 appearances. Veteran Cam Ward has a 3.69 GAA and .894 SV% through 25 starts and 28 total appearances.
As for Dallas, Tyler Seguin paces the team with 57 points (26G, 31A) in 61 games. Alexander Radulov is second on the team with 47 points (16G, 31A) in only 51 games. And Jamie Benn rounds out the top three scorers with 21 goals and 20 assists (41 points) in 60 games.
Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin have split time between the pipes this season. Bishop has a 2.29 GAA and .924 SV% in 34 starts, while Khudobin has a 2.56 GAA and .923 SV% in 27 starts.
The Stars were shutout 3-0 by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
This is the second of four meetings this season between the Blackhawks and Stars. Chicago took a 5-2 win in the first game in Dallas on Dec. 20. They will meet again in Dallas on March 9 and then in Chicago on April 5.
Henri Jokiharju was re-assigned to Rockford on Saturday morning. Brent Seabrook is likely ready to return to the lineup. Marcus Kruger is a gametime decision. Cam Ward gets the start.
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Tyler Seguin has been one of the top players in the league since being selected second overall in 2010 by the Boston Bruins.
The Stars star has 26 goals and 31 assists so far this season. His production has slipped from last year's 40-goal campaign, but he's still a dangerous offensive weapon for Dallas.