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StarPoints For 2/14 vs Chicago

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (27-20-7) @ Chicago Blackhawks (30-15-8)
7:30PM - United Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the third of four meetings this season and the second in Chicago’s United Center between the Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks have defeated the Stars in both meetings so far this season. This game will give the Stars a chance to acquire two points and have a shot at evening up the season series next week when the Blackhawks come to Dallas. The first game of the season between the two clubs took place in Chicago on Oct. 31. The game resulted in a 5-2 loss for the Stars. The second meeting took place Nov. 20 as the Blackhawks proved to be too much for the Stars winning the game at American Airlines Center, 6-3. Tonight’s game will feature a different, more confident Dallas team that will be looking to avenge two disappointing losses to Chicago.
2.)  The Stars will play the second game of a back-to-back series tonight after playing Vancouver in Dallas on Friday night. Chicago will also be playing the second game of a back-to-back series, having lost at St. Louis, 1-0, last night. This back-to-back series will be the eighth of 14 on the season for Dallas. The Stars’ record in back-to-back games so far in 2008-09 is 8-10-1 and in the second game Dallas has gone 3-6-0. Chicago has performed well in back-to-back games with a 9-6-3 record overall and a 6-3-0 record in the second game.

3.)  Jere Lehtinen has had a history of performing well against Chicago. Lehtinen is playing in his 14th season in the NHL and is not a stranger to the Blackhawks. The Espoo, Finland native has scored 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points in 38 career games against Chicago. Lehtinen has been extremely hot in the points department, scoring five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in the last 13 games for the Stars. The 35-year-old will be looking to improve his scoring numbers in the Windy City tonight.
4.)  Loui Eriksson is having a breakout season. Eriksson is currently playing in his third NHL season and is on pace to double his career numbers from his first two seasons. The Goteborg, Sweden native scored a goal and an assist on Friday night as the Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, for his 10th multiple point game of the season. Eriksson has recorded points in five of the last eight games scoring four goals and three assists for seven points in that span. This season he has scored 26 goals and 14 assists for 40 points in the 2008-09 campaign. The 23-year-old has been able to contribute for Dallas defensively also, as he has earned a place on the Stars’ penalty kill unit. Look for Dallas’ leading goal scorer to contribute on the ice Tonight in Chicago.
5.)  One to watch for: Patrick Kane, last year’s Calder trophy winner awarded to the NHL’s best rookie, has continued to mature in his second season in the NHL and has been Chicago’s most consistent offensive threat. Kane currently leads Chicago in points with 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 50 games so far this season. The 20-year-old has also scored nine power-play goals good for first on the team and 25 total points on the power play. The Buffalo native was chosen first overall by the Blackhawks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Kane is coming into the night on a bit of a slump, scoring only one goal in the past 19 games but the 2008 All-Star can snap out of it at any moment. In six career games against the Stars Kane has scored four goals and four assists for eight points.

Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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