DALLAS (Ticker) -- Trying to nail down the fifth seed in the
Western Conference, the Dallas Stars are expected to get
starting goaltender Marty Turco back Sunday afternoon as they
host the lowly Chicago Blackhawks.
The Stars are just one point ahead of sixth-place Calgary. They
are getting Turco back from a four-game suspension for
high-sticking Edmonton's Ryan Smyth.
With Turco suspended, backup Ron Tugnutt allowed 12 goals as
Dallas dropped four in a row to ensure it will not have home-ice
advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Turco owns a 36-21-13 record with a 1.98 goals-against average
in 72 games. He is facing one of his favorite opponents in the
Turco is 6-0-1 with an 0.80 GAA and three shutouts in eight
career games vs. Chicago. He faced the Blackhawks in a
home-and-home series in December and allowed one goal while
stopping 45 shots.
Chicago heads into this matchup on an eight-game winless skid
The Blackhawks have just 59 points, which is the fewest in the
West and are coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss at
Phoenix, where rookie Tuomo Ruutu scored his team-best 23rd
Dallas is 7-0-2 in its last nine meetings with the Blackhawks.