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W2W4: Stars at Blackhawks

11/16/2014

CHICAGO -- Here’s what to watch for when the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks meet at the United Center on Sunday:

  • The Stars outplayed the Blackhawks in their season-opening meeting, but it was the Blackhawks who pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory. The Stars outshot the Blackhawks 24-11 through the first two periods. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 32 of 34 shots, and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored the lone shootout goal.

  • The Stars are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon. The Stars have dropped eight of their last 10 games and are 6-7-4 on the season.

  • The Blackhawks lost 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Blackhawks turnovers led to the Red Wings’ first three goals. The Blackhawks fell to 9-7-1 on the season. They’re in fourth place in the Central with 19 points and are four points behind the division-leading St. Louis Blues.

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought Friday’s loss was something his team could learn from going forward.

    “There’s some learning things we can take out of that game, a couple messages in the teaching department,” Quenneville said on Saturday. “We want them to know when we’re going into a game against a team like Detroit that checks well, thinking that we’re going to outscore our opponent, we usually get in trouble when we do that. I think when we have a check-first mentality we’re a better team. ... Our mindset is, or our approach going into games, particularly on the road, hey, we got to play the right way and play smart and simple.”

  • Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo is expected to play Sunday after missing the last 10 games with a lower-body injury. Carcillo was injured against the Blues on Oct. 25.

  • The Blackhawks did not have a morning skate on Sunday. Their lines during practice Saturday were Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa, Kris VersteegBrad Richards – Patrick Kane, Bryan BickellAndrew Shaw – Carcillo, Ben SmithMarcus KrugerJeremy Morin.

  • Richards will play in his 1,000th career game. Richards, 34, has played 552 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning, 220 for the Stars, 210 for the New York Rangers and 17 for the Blackhawks.

  • This will be the Blackhawks’ final home game in November. They hit the road for six consecutive games beginning on Thursday. Their next home game will be against the Blues on Dec. 3.

  • Stars forward Tyler Seguin is third in the NHL with 22 points. He has 12 goals and 10 assists. He was teammates with Kane in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Kane said Saturday he was impressed by Seguin and was surprised the Boston Bruins traded him.

    “He’s been playing unreal,” Kane said. “He’s a great player. Happy for him that he’s doing so well. I saw him in Switzerland there, and when I skated with him, I thought he was one of the most skilled players I have ever played with. You know great shot, great speed. He has quick hands, very fast. He does everything at top speed. You know he’s young, too. It’s hard to imagine giving up on a kid like that at such a young age. I don't know why that trade was made or whatever it is. But he’s a great player. He’s been special obviously for Dallas the past couple years with his production, the amount of points.”