NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 25th
(All times Eastern)
Dallas Stars (34-26-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-15), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars aim to grab hold of a wild card spot
with a third straight victory on Tuesday night as they visit the defending
Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The Stars have followed up an 0-3-1 skid with victories over the Ottawa
Senators and Winnipeg Jets. Dallas' 79 points put it one back of the Phoenix
Coyotes for the second bonus playoff berth in the Western Conference. The
Stars have a game in hand over the Coyotes, who visit the Pittsburgh Penguins
on Tuesday after having lost in overtime to the New York Rangers last night.
Dallas used solid special teams play to record a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg
Jets on Monday night. Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power-play goals and
Jamie Benn assisted on both tallies.
Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for the Stars.
"We played sound defensively," said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. "Special
teams won us the game and our goaltender made some big saves when we needed
Whitney scored for the first time in 13 games and it was just his eighth goal
of the season, while Seguin extended his career-high point streak to nine
straight games. He has seven goals and nine assists over the run.
It is unknown if Lehtonen will get the start on back-to-back nights or if Ruff
will give Tim Thomas the call. Lehtonen is 5-5-2 with a 2.79 goals against
average lifetime versus Chicago, while Thomas is 6-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA against
Chicago had a two-game winning streak halted with Sunday's 2-0 loss to the
Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks are just three points ahead of the
Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division and also sit six
points back of the first-place St. Louis Blues.
Corey Crawford made 15 saves in Sunday's setback, which came with Patrick
Kane, Bryan Bickell and Michal Rozsival all out of the lineup due to injury.
"They do a good job of keeping you on the outside and preventing you from
getting to the net," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said of the
The Blackhawks conclude a four-game homestand tonight and have won three of
four versus the Stars this season. All three victories came in Dallas, while
the Stars notched a 4-3 victory in Chicago on Dec. 3.
The 'Hawks have won eight of the previous 10 meetings overall.
03/25 10:53:25 ET