GAME: Dallas Stars (35-23-12-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-36-9-6).
TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars are looking to end a disappointing road trip on a positive
note as they visit the United Center to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dallas is winless in the first three games of the swing (0-2-1), including
Saturday's 3-0 loss at Detroit. The Stars' offense has been anemic during the
trip, scoring just two goals and going 0-for-19 with the man advantage.
"It's unacceptable," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "It's not what you
do; it's what you don't do. And we're not doing enough to win games. You've got
to pay the price to score (all the way) through your lineup."
All-Star netminder Marty Turco has allowed eight goals in the three road
games. Backup goalie Ron Tugnutt figures to get the start against Chicago, as
Sunday's contest is the second of back-to-back afternoon games.
Tugnutt has struggled in his career against the Blackhawks, posting a 6-10-0
with a 3.21 goals-against-average in 16 career games.
Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu hopes to continue his team's success against Tugnutt,
as the rookie center is in the midst of an impressive scoring run.
Ruutu scored twice, his 16th and 17th on the year, in Chicago's 4-3 win over
Washington on Friday, helping the Blackhawks snap a seven-game winless skid
"I feel like I can do much more than I could earlier in the year," said
Ruutu, who scored just four goals in his first 39 games this season. "I'm more
inside of the game right now. It must come to you. If you think about it too
much, it never comes to you."
Ruutu has nine goals and 11 assists in his last 14 games.
STANDINGS: Stars - 82 points, 2nd place, 5 PB, Pacific Division. Blackhawks
- 53 points, 4th place, 39 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Bill Guerin, 30 goals and 57 points; Sergei Zubov, 33
assists; Steve Ott, 146 PIM. Blackhawks - Kyle Calder, 21 goals; Tyler Arnason,
29 assists and 46 points; Scott Nichol and Travis Moen, 118 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 11): Stars - Power play: 16.4 percent (47 for
286), 13th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (222 for 261), 6th.
GOALTENDERS: Stars - Turco (32-20-12, 7 SO, 2.03 GAA); Tugnutt (2-3-0, 0,
2.42). Blackhawks - Michael Leighton (5-17-6, 2, 3.07); Adam Munro (1-1-1, 0,
SEASON SERIES: Stars, 1-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 14; Tie, 1-1, OT. At Chicago, Leighton made 31 saves for
Chicago and Turco stopped 29 shots for the Stars.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 12-17-5-0 on the road; Blackhawks - 12-12-5-5 at