Here's what you need to know about Friday's game between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.
Game 81: Dallas Stars (42-31-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (35-33-12)
When: Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: United Center (Chicago, Illinois)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
Live stream: FOX Sports GO (in-market only) and NHL.TV (outside Dallas/Fort Worth region)
Official Stars app: Click here to download
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The Dallas Stars meet the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center on the first night of a back-to-back. The Stars are 6-3-2 on the front end of back-to-backs in 2018-19, most recently defeating the Flames, 2-1, on March 27 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Dallas and Chicago meet for the fourth and final game of the 2018-19 season series, with the club recording a 0-2-0 record on home ice and a 1-0-0 record on the road. In three games this season vs. the Blackhawks, right wing Alexander Radulov leads the club with four points (2-2=4). On special teams, the Stars are 1-for-3 (33%) on the power play and 7-of-9 (77.8%) on the penalty kill. In the most recent game of the season series, Chicago defeated Dallas, 2-1, on March 9 at American Airlines Center. Radulov potted the lone goal (1-0=1) for the club and goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced. The Stars beat the Blackhawks, 4-3, on Feb. 24 in the first game between the two clubs this season at United Center. Left wing Mats Zuccarello made his debut with the Stars and posted two points (1-1=2), while Radulov added a multi-point game (1-1=2).
He's a pretty Rad guy
Right wing Alexander Radulov tied his career-high with four points (2-2=4) on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers to help the Stars clinch a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Radulov has lit the lamp in four consecutive games (5-2=7) and has tied his season-long mark with points in six-straight contests (5-5=10). The six-game point streak is Radulov's longest since tying his career-long last season with points in nine-straight contests (6-10=16) from Jan. 4 - Jan. 25, 2018. He has tallied 19 points (12-7=19) over 15 games since March 1, ranking first among all NHL players in goals (12) and 10th in points (19). Additionally, the forward's +11 plus/minus rating is tied for fourth in the League since the start of March. The native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia ranks second on Dallas with 41 assists and 70 points (29-41=70), and ranks second with a career-high 29 goals in 68 games this season. Radulov is two points away from tying his career-high mark for points in a single season, when he tallied 72 points (27-45=72) in 82 contests with Dallas in 2017-18. Radulov paces the team with a +22 rating and ranks second among Dallas forwards in ice time per game (19:56). The forward is riding a four-game point streak (2-3=5) vs. Chicago, with points in nine of his last 11 contests (4-6=10) against them. In 25 career games, he has registered 19 points (7-12=19) against the Blackhawks.
Welcome (back), Mats
Left wing Mats Zuccarello made his return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing 17 games with a broken arm, tallying an assist (0-1=1) and logging 18:23 time on ice. Last month on Feb. 24 at United Center, he made his debut in a Dallas Stars sweater against the Chicago Blackhawks. He registered two points (1-1=2), four shots on goal and a +3 plus/minus rating in 13:35 TOI before leaving the game with an upper body injury. Zuccarello became the fourth player since the Stars franchise relocated to Dallas in 1993 to record two-or-more points in his first game with the club after being acquired via trade in the regular season. He joined Brandon Segal on Feb. 13, 2010 at Phoenix (1-1=2), Brad Richards on Feb. 28, 2008 vs. Chicago (0-5=5) and Randy McKay on March 20, 2002 vs. St. Louis (0-2=2) as the only other players to accomplish this feat. Zuccarello, 31, has posted 40 points (12-28=40) in 48 total regular-season games between the New York Rangers and Dallas this season. Prior to being acquired by Dallas, the forward posted 22 points (7-15=22) and +9 rating over his final 16 games with New York from Jan. 12 - Feb. 21. The Stars acquired Zuccarello on Feb. 23 from the Rangers in exchange for a conditional second-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.