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Chicago looks to avoid a season series sweep by Dallas.

Dallas Stars v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars are heading in opposite directions as they face off Thursday at United Center in Chicago.

The Hawks (24-21-8) have dropped three straight games, while Dallas (31-19-4) is rising in the standings with a three-game winning streak. Chicago sits seven points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, while the Stars are one point back of third place in the Central Division and hold the top wild-card spot with 66 points.

Dallas hasn’t just won their last three games, they’ve done it in dominating fashion by outscoring its opponents 12-3.

It’s the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the teams. Dallas is 3-0, including an overtime win and one shootout victory. Chicago hasn’t been swept in a season series by Dallas since 2005-06.

Ben Bishop will start in net for the Stars. Bishop stopped 31 shots in Dallas’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night. The 31-year-old is 22-14 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 41 games this season.

Alexander Radulov leads Dallas’ offense with 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) this season. Radulov is close to eclipsing his career-high 58 points (26 goals, 32 assists) that he set during the 2007-08 season with Nashville. Tyler Seguin has recorded at least a point during Dallas’ recent win streak. He also led shined in the Stars’ last win over Chicago with a five-point night.

The Hawks will turn to Anton Forsberg between the pipes. Forsberg is 5-8-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .911 save percentage in 19 games this season. In one appearance against the Stars, Forsberg is 0-0-1 with a 1.85 GAA and .943 save percentage.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Tommy Wingles
F2 Lance Bouma - Nick Schmaltz - Patrick Kane
F3 Patrick Sharp - Ryan Hartman - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Vinnie Hinostroza - Artem Anisimov - Anthony Duclair
D1 Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
D2 Michal Kempny - Brent Seabrook
D3 Carl Dahlstrom - Jan Rutta
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Ducks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Rickard Rackell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
F2 Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
F3 Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase
F4 Jason Chimera - Antoine Vermette - Chris Kelly
D1 Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour
D2 Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
D3 Marcus Pettersson - Josh Manson
Goaltender John Gibson or Ryan Miller

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Stars at Blackhawks

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago