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GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-0) at Dallas Stars (6-5-1).

TIME: Friday, 8:30 p.m. EST.

Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco has not looked like the player who had a career-best 37 wins in 2003-04.

He may look more like his old self when the Stars play host to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Turco enters this game with a 3.64 goals-against average and .872 save percentage. But in his career against Chicago, the two-time All-Star has a 7-0-1 record with a 0.94 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and three shutouts.

The Stars have lost five of their last seven games, and are coming off a 6-3 loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Kings. Veteran Mike Modano extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, his longest since Oct. 24-28, 2002.

Modano has 30 goals and 40 assists in 79 career games against the Blackhawks.

Chicago has struggled throughout much of the season, but the Blackhawks enter this contest coming off their best offensive output.

Rookie defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his first goal Wednesday in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. The win came despite backup goaltender Craig Anderson allowing three third-period goals, including two 31 seconds apart late in the game.

"The guys deserve a lot of credit," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said. "I mean, they calmed down and went back and played for the win. They played to win as opposed to playing not to lose after a lucky goal goes in."

Nikolai Khabibulin will likely be back in net for Chicago. He is 1-5 but has allowed just 11 goals in his last six starts against Dallas. His only win in that span was a 2-0 shutout on April 17 1999 when he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes.

On Thursday, the Hawks recalled Martin St. Pierre from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. The 22-year-old scored four goals and had eight assists in nine games for Norfolk and is expected to play against Dallas.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 3): Blackhawks - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), 17 PB, Central Division. Stars - 13 points, 4th place (tied), 5 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Pavel Vorobiev, 6 goals and 15 points; Vorobiev and Tyler Arnason, 9 assists; Matthew Barnaby, 34 PIM. Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 7 goals; Modano and Jason Arnott, 8 assists; Modano, 13 points; John Erskine, 43 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 3): Blackhawks - Power play: 14.8 percent (14 for 94), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 77.1 percent (81 for 105), 26th. Stars - Power play: 15.1 percent (10 for 66), 22nd (tied). Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (63 for 77), 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Khabibulin (3-8-0, 0 SO, 3.83 GAA); Anderson (1-1-0, 0, 4.58). Stars - Turco (4-4-1, 0, 3.64); Johan Hedberg (2-1-0, 0, 3.90).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Dallas, 3-0-1-0.

LAST MEETING: April 4, 2004. Stars 5-2. At Dallas, Turco saved 24 shots as the Stars clinched fifth place in the Western Conference with their 5-2 victory.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 2-6-0 on the road; Stars - 3-4-1 at home.


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