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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

Saturday, November 9
7 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (8-6-2) finished the sweep of a three-game road trip with a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Thursday night. Cody Eakin scored a power play goal with 1:10 remaining in regulation to tie the game and Rich Peverley scored at the 4:41 mark of overtime for the Stars, who also beat Ottawa and Boston on the trip.

“It was a good trip for us,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Games that built character and we needed character to win games and some of our characters provided the wins for us.”

The Stars improved to 5-1-2 over their last eight games overall.

The Stars did not skate Friday. Players worked out off the ice.

The Stars play this one game at home Saturday and then head back out on the road next week for games at Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Stars recalled D Aaron Rome from the Texas Stars (AHL) on Friday and assigned D Kevin Connauton to Texas for conditioning.

Injuries: None

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (10-2-4) are coming off a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg at United Center on Wednesday. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored goals in the final two-and-half minutes of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead and the defending champs pushed their lead to 4-0 by early in the third.

“That's something we've been focusing on," Toews said. "When you have teams coming in here really elevating their game to begin with, it's not always easy. But we really focused on that in the second and third, and it started defensively. [This] was a solid start, and we kind of sustained that pressure as the game went along.”

Chicago has points in five straight games (4-0-1).

The Blackhawks play Saturdays’ road game against the Stars and then head back to Chicago for a two-game homestand against Edmonton and Phoenix.

Injuries: C Michal Handzus (upper body), D Michael Kostka (lower body) and C Brad Mills (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings this season.

*The Stars and Blackhawks play four times over the next month.

*The Stars were 0-2-1 against Chicago last season.

*The Stars are 98-120-35 all-time vs. Chicago.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-1-2 at home.

*Chicago is 4-1-1 on the road.

*The Stars have played in seven consecutive one-goal games and are 4-1-2 in those games.

*The Stars are 6-2-2 in one-goal games this season.

*The Blackhawks are 5-1-4 in one-goal games.

*Chicago has been shorthanded only four times in the last four games.

*The Blackhawks rank 30th in the league in penalty killing at 74.4 percent.

*The Stars are 3-35 (8.6 percent) on the power play over the last 11 games overall, and 0-18 on the power play at home this season.

*The Stars are 14-15 (93.3 percent) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*The Stars are 1-2-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 3-2-1 vs. the Central Division.

*Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for the Stars team lead in goals (6) and points (15).

*Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals (9). Kane and Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks in points (14).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge

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