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Blackhawks vs. Stars preview 2016: Scott Darling to make 4th straight start

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Chicago look to keep Dallas from clinching a playoff spot.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Darling will make his fourth consecutive start when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at the United Center.

Starter Corey Crawford has yet to return to the the ice and coach Joel Quenneville said he's showing a little progress. Darling has 1.64 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in three straight starts. Darling has played twice against Dallas this season in relief, allowing just one goal on 25 shots.

Chicago (42-24-7) enters the matchup on a three-game losing streak at home, but remain in third place in the Central Division, trailing Dallas by four points.

Projected lines:

Ladd-Toews-Hossa
Panarin-Anisimov-Kane
Weise-Teravainen-Fleischmann
Desjardins-Shaw-Panik

Keith-Hjalmarsson 
Gustafsson-Seabrook
TVR-Rozsival

Opponent Breakdown

Stars | Record: 43-21-9 | 95 points | 1st in Central Division

Dallas is coming off back-to-back wins with a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay last Thursday and a 3-0 shutout against the New York Islanders. The Stars can clinch a postseason berth with a win.

Thursday's victory wasn't all happy news for Dallas, as they lost forward Tyler Seguin suffered a cut to his left Achilles tendon. Seguin underwent surgery to repair the tendon and plans to return by the playoffs. He is second in scoring for the Stars with 33 goals, second to Jamie Benn's 36.

Kari Lehtonen has started the last two games in net for the Stars. He is 21-9-2 and has started seven of the last eight, leading many to believe he has won the starting job over former Blackhawks Antti Niemi.

Projected lines:

Benn-Eakin-Sharp
Nichushkin-Spezza-Eaves
Roussel-Faksa-Hemsky
Sceviour-Fiddler-Ritchie

Russell-Goligoski
Nemeth-Klingberg
Oduya-Johns

Injuries

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford, Marcus Kruger

Stars: Tyler Seguin, Jordan Benn, Jason Demers, Mattias Janmark

How to watch

When: 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: CSN