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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks


Sunday January 18, 2015
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (20-17-7) defeated Washington, 5-4, at American Airlines Center Saturday night. The Stars squandered a 3-0 lead in the game but bounced back to score two goals 16 seconds apart early in the third period to take a 5-3 lead.

“It was up and down,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We controlled the game; we didn’t control the game. We fought back and scored a couple and then hung on for dear life.”

The Stars picked up a point in the playoff race with the victory and are now four points out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The Stars play at Chicago Sunday and then host Boston Tuesday, rounding out their schedule prior to the All-Star break.

Injuries: D Trevor Daley (undisclosed), RW Brett Ritchie (undisclosed), RW Patrick Eaves (ankle), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (24-14-2) are coming off a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg at United Center Friday night. The Blackhawks took the early lead over the Jets, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but Winnipeg scored three straight to take a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks are 0-3-0 vs. the Jets this season.

“They have our number, what can you say?” Hawks winger Bryan Bickell said. “Now we have to go to their building a couple of times, and hopefully we can do the same thing. They play us smart with not too many Grade-A chances. … Hats off to them. They played a good game to find a way after a back-to-back.”

The loss was the fourth in the last seven games (3-4-0) for the Blackhawks.

Sunday’s game is the third of a four-game homestand for Chicago, which is 1-1-0 in the first two games.

Injuries: LW Kris Versteeg (hand) and D Trevor van Riemsdyk (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fourth of five meetings between the Stars and Blackhawks.

*The Stars are 0-1-2 (2 points) in the season series.

*The Blackhawks are 3-0-0 (6 points) in the series.

*Oct. 9, at Dallas: Blackhawks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

*Nov. 16, at Chicago: Blackhawks 6, Stars 2

*Jan. 4, at Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Stars 4 (OT)

*This is the third time this season the Stars have played in Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back. They are 0-1-1 in the first two.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 0-4-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Blackhawks are 3-3-0 in their last six home games.

*The Stars are 2-9-5 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 12-6-0 vs. the Central.

*Chicago allows 2.23 goals per game, best in the NHL.

*Chicago ranks first in the NHL in penalty killing at 88.6 percent.

*The Stars have had one power play in their last two games at Chicago.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin leads the NHL with 27 goals and is tied for second with 50 points.

*Chicago forward Patrick Kane is tied for eighth in points with 47 (20 goals, 27 assists).

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