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Dallas aiming for third consecutive win; Chicago eyes fifth victory in seven games

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

STARS (13-10-1) at BLACKHAWKS (12-9-3)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-SW, NHL.TV 


The Game

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

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

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

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (concussion)


Status report

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.


Stat pack

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.

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