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Stars-Blackhawks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, December 22

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars are coming off a 6-3 win at Minnesota on Monday. The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period but scored three times in the final five minutes of the second to take a lead they would never relinquish.

“We spotted them a couple but after that we played a really good second period, and I thought we would get rewarded for it,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Tuesday’s game against Chicago will be the first regular season game Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya will play against their former team since being acquired by Dallas in the offseason.

“We want to have a good finish here before the little break, lot of division games coming up,” said Oduya. “Obviously, they’re a good team. I have a lot of friends on that team. That makes me want to beat them even more.”

Tuesday’s game is the Stars’ last one before the NHL takes a holiday break.

Injuries: None

The Blackhawks (20-11-4) rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over San Jose at United Center Sunday. Andrew Shaw scored at 6:51 of the third period to tie the game and Jonathan Toews won it at 2:21 of the extra period.

“These are the ones you build on through the year," Shaw said. "The team comes together, and you find a way to win those tight, close games. You keep doing all those little things right, and good things are going to start going your way.”

The win was the third straight for Chicago, which is 5-1-0 in its past six games and 7-2-0 in its past nine.

Forward Marian Hossa did not play Sunday due to an upper-body injury and will miss Tuesday’s game against the Stars.

Injuries: F Marian Hossa (upper body) and F Marcus Kruger (wrist) are out.

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

*The Stars were 2-1-2 (6 points) vs. Chicago last season.

*The Blackhawks were 3-2-0 (6 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 4-2-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blackhawks are 4-5-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 13-4-0 at home.

*Chicago is 6-7-3 on the road.

*The Stars are 2-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars lead the NHL in goal scoring at 3.50 per game.

*Chicago ranks seventh in goals against at 2.37 per game.

*The Stars have scored five goals or more in four of their past seven games.

*Chicago has allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past nine games, including three shutouts.

*Chicago’s Patrick Kane leads the NHL in scoring with 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranks second in scoring with 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn leads the NHL with 22 goals and ranks third with 45 points.

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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