March, 15, 2012
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
Friday, March 16
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
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.
Injuries: D Philip Larsen (lower body) is day-to-day. RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) and D Sheldon Souray (lower body) are out.
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.
Injuries: D Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is questionable. C Jonathan Toews (concussion), D Steve Montador (concussion), LW Daniel Carcillo (knee) and D Sami Lepisto (leg) are out.
*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.