Game Preview : Saturday Night Live

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (47 points 22-2-3) @ Dallas Stars (27 points 12-11-3) 7 PM American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX. TV: CSN Chicago Radio: WGN 720 AM

Season Series

Date Score W. Goal
Apr 15 '13
Mar 16 '13
Jan 24 '13 CHI 3 at DAL 2 - OT M. Hossa

The Blackhawks roll into to Big D trying to start up another long win streak after beating the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The first meeting against the Stars saw the Hawks erase a 2-0 deficit by scoring three power play goals including Marian Hossa's OT winning goal. Corey Crawford, who had a nice bounce back game in Columbus, will get the start in net tonight. Crow is 4-4-0 with a 2.67 GAA and a less than stellar .894 save % in nine career games against Dallas. Chris Kuc Tweeted this morning that it looks like Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Sheldon Brookbank will most likely be healthy scratches tonight. This should not surprise anyone as Gorilla Salad has been bad, Brookbank had a horrible night in Columbus and I'm not sure if Mayers is even alive anymore. Despite the best start in NHL history the Hawks can not pull away from the pesky Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference standings. The Ducks, who are just four points behind the Hawks, will face off against the Blues in St. Louis tonight.

The Stars are part of the muck that is the bottom six teams of the Western Conference. They are currently in 11th place just three points out of 8th but also just three points out of dead last. Dallas has lost three straight games and have only scored twice during the losing streak. Jamie Benn has missed the last two games with a wrist injury. He skated in morning practice today but is still considered a game time decision. Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net for the Stars tonight. Lehtonen is 4-2-1 with a 2.12 GAA and a .933 save % including January's OT loss versus the Blackhawks. Loui Eriksson, one of the league's most underrated players, has 4 points in his last 5 games and has 22 points (12 G, 10 A) in 25 career games versus Chicago.

Probable Blackhawks lineup:

Fowards

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Jimmy Hayes - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 12-2-3, 1.84 GAA, .928 save %, 2 SO

Injuries

Patrick Sharp (shoulder) OUT

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 27 14 17 31 10 2 6 1
J. Toews 27 11 12 23 13 19 2 2
M. Hossa 26 11 10 21 9 14 2 4
P. Sharp 24 5 13 18 7 14 1 1
V. Stalberg 27 6 7 13 10 12 0 1

Probable Stars lineup

Forwards

Loui Eriksson - Derek Roy - Jaromir Jagr

Ray Whitney - Jamie Benn - Erik Cole

Brenden Morrow - Cody Eakin - Reilly Smith

Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Antoine Roussel

Defensive Pairings

Stephane Robidas - Brenden Dillon

Alex Goligoski - Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn - Jamie Oleksiak

Goaltender

Jari Lehtonen 9-5-2, 2.25 GAA, .926 save %, 0 SO

Injuries

Ryan Garbutt (hand) questionable, Aaron Rome (foot) day to day

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
J. Jagr 25 10 8 18 -2 18 5 1
L. Eriksson 26 7 10 17 -4 4 1 2
J. Benn 19 6 10 16 -7 30 1 2
C. Eakin 26 4 11 15 2 16 2 0
D. Roy 21 3 12 15 6 2 1 1

CHI
Stats
DAL
27 GP 26
22 W 12
2 L 11
3 OT 3
47 P 27
0.87 P% 0.519
3.07 G/G 2.58
2.07 GA/G 2.77
17.9 PP% 17.7
83.7 PK% 83.5
31.4 S/G 27.3
27 SA/G 29.8
50 FO% 47.4

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