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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks

Tuesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (34-26-11) won their second straight game, defeating Winnipeg, 2-1, at American Airlines Center Monday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots and Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power play goals.

"I thought we played well. I was a little concerned that we missed some great opportunities in the first period. When you get those opportunities you can really get a team down,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “But I thought we stayed with it. We played sound defensively. We had a few breakdowns but special teams won us a game. Our goaltender made some big saves when we needed them."

The Stars moved to within one point of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have one game in hand on the Coyotes, who play at Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Injuries: F Erik Cole (upper body) and F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (41-16-15) are coming off a 2-0 loss to Nashville in Chicago on Sunday. The loss snapped a four-game points streak for the Blackhawks, who are six points behind Central Division leading St. Louis. Chicago lost three of four to Nashville this season.

"Obviously, we know points are at stake," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "We want to keep getting those points and we left two on the table tonight, but for whatever reason we've had trouble against these guys. I can't pinpoint what it is. We've played good games the last little while and we've played good team games, so I don't know. It's tough when you don't score a goal to win the game."

F Patrick Kane has missed the last two games with a leg injury that was expected to keep him out three weeks.

Highly touted forward prospect Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago’s first round pick (18th overall) in 2012, could make his NHL debut Tuesday vs. the Stars.

Injuries: LW Bryan Bickell (upper body) is questionable. D Michal Rozsival (lower body) is doubtful. F Patrick Kane (leg) and G Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Blackhawks.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 in the season series.

*The Blackhawks are 3-1-0 in the season series.

*November 9, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 5, Stars 2

*November 29, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 2, Stars 1 (SO)

*December 3, Dallas at Chicago: Stars 4, Blackhawks 3

*December 10, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 6, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 7-5-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Blackhawks are 6-5-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 1-4-0 on the road since the break.

*The Blackhawks are 5-3-0 at home since the break.

*The Blackhawks lead the league in goal scoring at 3.26 per game, but have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 14 games.

*The Stars are 9-10-5 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 10-12-13 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is on a career-high nine-game points streak (seven goals, nine assists, 16 points).

*Chicago captain Jonathan Toews has nine goals in the last 11 games.

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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