STARS (13-10-1) at BLACKHAWKS (12-9-3)
8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-SW, NHL.TV
The Dallas Stars will look for their third straight victory and fifth win in six games when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday.
Goaltender Ben Bishop will make his fifth consecutive start for Dallas. He is coming off a 34-save performance in a 3-0 win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, his second shutout of the season.
Goaltender Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks, who will try to win for the fifth time in seven games. Crawford is 4-0-1 with 11 goals allowed in his past five starts after going 0-3-0 with 11 goals allowed in his previous three starts.
Players to watch
Stars forward Alexander Radulov has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 15 games, with points in 12 of them.
Blackhawks rookie forward Alex DeBrincat has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games, and 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past eight.
They said it
"They use their speed to check now. So that's a big change. This is a way different team that any one I've coached against." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock on the Blackhawks
"A little different feeling to the game for sure. A lot of friends on the other side. ... More importantly, two teams that are playing well as of late that are tied in the standings, and you look at those standings and this game's pretty important. So it's a big game for a lot of reasons." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on facing the Stars, his former team
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Devin Shore
Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick
Remi Elie -- Gemel Smith -- Brett Ritchie
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn
Stephen Johns -- Julius Honka
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak
Injured: Martin Hanzal (undisclosed), Marc Methot (knee)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik
Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp -- Ryan Hartman -- Alex DeBrincat
Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden
Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson
Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta
Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle
Injured: Michal Rozsival (concussion)
Hanzal did not travel to Chicago and his status for Saturday is unclear. The Stars will provide an update Friday. ... Forward Jordin Tootoo (upper body) cleared waivers and was assigned by Chicago to Rockford of the American Hockey League.
Seguin has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games. ... Schmaltz has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his past seven games. ... Kane has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games, and 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists) in 40 games against Dallas.