Stars-Blackhawks Preview

Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Saturday March 16
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (12-11-3) are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to Anaheim Thursday at American Airlines Center. The Stars, who fell to 0-1-1 on their current homestand, lost one goal to a quick whistle and had two shots ring off the post and crossbar in the game.

“We had a lot of good chances, just kind of got the wrong side of the post on a few of them,” said Stars forward Reilly Smith. “We have to start burying the puck because these last few games we haven’t created enough offensive opportunities to put the puck in the back of the net.”

The Stars have scored two goals over their last three games.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars on Saturday.

Injuries: C Jamie Benn (wrist) is questionable. RW Ryan Garbutt (hand) is questionable. D Aaron Rome (foot) is out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (22-2-3) won 2-1 in a shootout at Columbus Thursday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Blackhawks, who opened the season with a 24-game points streak (21-0-3).

“It’s nice,” Chicago forward Patrick Kane said. “It’s a way better feeling in here when we win. It was a good fight for us, a tight checking game. For us to come out and get two points, it’s a good confidence boost. It’s good to feel a win again.”

Thursday’s game began a four-game road trip for the Blackhawks, who are 11-1-2 away from home this season.

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks.

Injuries: LW Patrick Sharp (shoulder) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Blackhawks.

*January 24, Chicago at Dallas: Blackhawks 3, Dallas 2 (OT)

Statistical tidbits

*The Blackhawks are 14-1-3 in one-goal games this season and lead the league in one-goal victories.

*The Stars are 7-6-3 in one-goal games.

*The Blackhawks lead the league in overtime/shootout wins with eight (8-3).

*The Stars are 3-3 in games decided in overtime or a shootout.

*The Stars have scored just two goals over the last three games.

*The Blackhawks have given up six power play goals over the last three game and are 4-10 (40.0%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 1-14 (7,1%) on the power play over the last three games.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 4-2-1 in his career against Chicago with a 2.12 goals against average and .933 save percentage.

*Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is 4-4-0 in his career against Dallas with a 2.67 goals against average and .894 save percentage.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Blackhawks
Record 12-11-3 22-2-3
Home 5-5-2 11-1-1
Away 7-6-1 11-1-2
Last 5 2-2-1 3-2-0
Last 10 4-4-2 8-2-0
Streak OT 1 Won 1
Goals/game 2.58 (18th) 3.07 (6th)
Goals against/game 2.77 (16th) 2.07 (2nd)
5-on-5  F/A 0.94 (19th) 1.50 (1st)
Power play 17.7 (15th) 17.9 (14th)
Penalty kill 83.5 (11th) 83.7 (9th)
Shots/game 27.3 (27th) 31.4 (4th)
Shots against/game 29.8 (20th) 27.0 (5th)
Faceoffs 47.4 (25th) 50.0 (16th)
Team Leaders Stars Blackhawks
Goals Jagr: 10 Kane: 14
Assists: Goligoski: 13 Kane: 17
Points: Jagr: 18 Kane: 31
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 9-5-2, 2.25, .926
Bachman: 2-3-0, 3.92, .848
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Crawford: 12-2-3, 1.84, .928
Emery: 10-0-0, 2.28, .917

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