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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks

Sunday November 16, 2014
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (6-7-4) lost, 2-1, to Minnesota Saturday afternoon at American Airlines Center. It stretched the Stars’ winless streak at home to six games (0-4-2). The Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Wild capitalized on a Dallas turnover late in the second to tie the game and then scored 40 seconds into the third to take a 2-1 lead. The loss dropped the Stars to 1-4-4 at home this season.

“I think a lot of the game is mental, and we have to be mentally ready to play at home,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We have no excuses and we just have to be better.”

The Stars will try to get back on track in Chicago Sunday evening.

“We know they’re a good team, we know what they can do,” said Benn. “It’s limiting your mistakes and just really playing a simple road game and we can’t let them feed off our mistakes.”

The Stars announced Saturday evening that forward Valeri Nichushkin, who has played only four games this season, will have hip surgery this coming week and is expected to be out four months. Nichushkin has been plagued by a hip/groin issue since training camp.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (lower body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (9-7-1) are coming off a 4-1 loss in Detroit on Friday. The Red Wings built a 3-0 lead 13:39 into the game, capitalizing on Chicago miscues.

“I don't think that's the effort we've had at times. We gave them two opportunities for their first two goals. We didn't get the response we wanted," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We've got to keep the puck out of the middle of the ice, especially in the defensive zone.”

Since opening the season 4-0-1, the Blackhawks are 5-7-0 in their past 12 games.

Forward Daniel Carcillo, who has been out since Oct. 25 with a leg injury, is expected to return to the lineup Sunday.

Corey Crawford will start in net for Chicago.

Injuries: LW Patrick Sharp (leg) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Blackhawks this season.

*The Blackhawks won the first meeting, rallying to defeat the Stars, 3-2, in a shootout on Oct. 9.

*The Stars are 1-5-2 against Chicago the past two seasons.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-3-0 on the road.

*Chicago is 6-3-1 at home.

*The Stars are 0-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars are 0-4-2 vs. the Central Division and 3-6-3 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Blackhawks are 2-3-0 vs. the Central Division and 3-4-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*Heading into Saturday’s games, the Blackhawks ranked first in the league in shots on goal (37.4) and 23rd in goals scored (2.47).

*The Stars have scored two or fewer goals in six of their last eight games.

*The Blackhawks are 18-19 (94.7 percent) on the penalty kill over the past seven games and lead the league in penalty killing at 92.2 percent.

*The Stars are 10-10 on the penalty kill over the past three games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (12) and points (22).

*Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks in goals (6) and 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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