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Blackhawks vs. Stars game thread 2014: Let's talk season opener in Dallas

The start of the 2014-15 regular season is finally here as the Blackhawks visit Dallas on Thursday. Need a place to discuss the action? Come join us!

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2014-15 NHL Regular Season




Oct. 9, 2014
American Airlines Center
7:30 p.m. CT
2013-14 Key Stats
46-21-15, 107 points (3rd in Central) W-L 40-31-11, 91 points (5th in Central)
267 (1st in NHL) GF 235 (11th in NHL)
220 (13th in NHL) GA 228 (16th in NHL)
54.9 percent (2nd in NHL) Corsi 50.9 percent (12th in NHL)
54.7 percent (3rd in NHL) Fenwick 51.0 percent (12th in NHL)
100.1 (13th in NHL) PDO 100.0 (15th in NHL)
Also see: Defending Big D, SBN's Stars blog

Greetings and welcome to the 2014-15 NHL regular season! The Blackhawks get started Thursday night with a season opening matchup against the Stars in Dallas, giving us a chance to get an early look at one possible new contender in the Western Conference. We haven't heard any major surprises yet concerning the lineups, so both teams should be relatively healthy (sorry, Steegs) entering the first contest of the season.

As we'll do for every game this season, here's the game thread that acts as a central hub for those of you following the action. Each of these will be posted about an hour before gametime, and will stick up on the front page throughout the night. It'll also be included in the storystream for each game, too, if you're unable to find it on one of the first few FP slots later on. So that's about it for housekeeping, and if you have any other questions, check out our "state of the blog" update and/or feel free to reach out to me.

Go Blackhawks!

(Note: Stats from Hockey-Reference)