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About the Stars
The Stars (39-27-5) had a six-game winning streak and an 11-game points streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday.
“We beat ourselves, we didn’t play well, we turned pucks over way too easy,” Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “We didn’t play a simple game like we’ve been doing in the past 11, 12 games. We’ve just got to go back to basics.”
Friday’s game against Chicago kicks off a four-game homestand that will see the Stars also play Phoenix, Vancouver and Calgary.
Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal for the Stars Friday.
About the Blackhawks
The Blackhawks (38-25-8) are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. The Blackhawks overcame a 3-1 deficit in the game and put 46 shots on goal against the defensive-minded Blues.
“That was a fun game,” Chicago forward Patrick Kane said. “A really fun game. … To put up 40-plus shots on a team like that, that is so defensive, says something about our team. What we can do when we play to our potential.”
Chicago improved to 5-2-0 over its last seven games.
Corey Crawford is scheduled to start in goal for the Blackhawks.
*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams.
*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series and the Blackhawks are 1-2-0.
*October 7, at Dallas: Stars 2, Blackhawks 1
*October 8, at Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Stars 2
*February 23, at Chicago, Stars 3, Blackhawks 1
*If the playoffs started Friday, the Stars and Blackhawks would meet in the first round.
*Over his last nine starts, Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen is 8-0-1 with a 1.29 goals against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts.
*Lehtonen has posted shutouts in his last two starts and is currently riding a 128:32 shutout streak.
*Dallas is 4-0-1 in its last five home games.
*The Stars are 36-38 (94.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 12 games.
*Chicago is 11-12 (91.7) on the penalty kill over the last six games.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in his last 11 games.
*Chicago forward Patrick Kane has 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) over his last 8 games.
Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas StarsFriday, March 167:30 p.m.TV: Fox Sports SouthwestRadio: KTCK-1310 (AM)About the StarsThe Stars (39-27-5) had a six-game winning streak and an 11-game points streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Wednesday.