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Chicago is 3-1-1 in their last five games vs. Dallas.

NHL: APR 05 Stars at Blackhawks Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blackhawks continue their five-game stretch against Central Division teams as they host the Stars to finish the home-and-home. In between, Dallas had to play a game against the Golden Knights on Monday.

Chicago (9-9-5) has dropped three straight, although their defeat against Dallas (15-8-2) came in the shootout, and there’s been a lot of fallout from that. Chicago’s offense is doing... poorly in recent times, with just five goals in their last three games. The Stars just allowed only two goals to the Golden Knights, so this might not be the game where the Blackhawks redeem themselves.

The good news is, even if the Blackhawks’ forwards can’t get it going, their defense has come alive offensively. Olli Maatta was the lone goal scorer against the Stars, jumping in a 2-on-1 situation with Alex “I’m here for assists this season” DeBrincat. That joins the Blackhawks’ defensive corps with four goals in their last three games.

Corey Crawford will start in net after Robin Lehner had the previous start against Dallas.

Anton Khudobin will get his second straight start against the Blackhawks after Ben Bishop took the net against the Golden Knights. In the first game, he made 38 saves on 39 shots in the first outing, a .974 save percentage. Alexander Radulov played incredibly well against the Golden Knights, scoring two goals and getting an assist, and John Klingberg had three assists.

The Blackhawks outplayed the Stars last time these teams competed, and had 3.28 expected goals for at even strength to Dallas’s 2.79.

Tale of the Tape

Blackhawks — Statistic — Stars

47.1% (27th) — Corsi For — 49.1 (20th)

49.0% (22nd) — Faceoffs — 52.5% (Fourth)

2.87 (18th) — Goals per game — 2.84 (20th)

2.87 (11th) — Goals against per game — 2.32 (2nd)

12.5% (28th) — Power play — 15.1% (25th)

80.8% (18th) — Penalty kill — 85.7% (4th)

Lineups

Blackhawks

Saad — Toews — Nylander

DeBrincat — Strome — Kane

Shaw — Kampf — Kubalik

Carpenter — Dach — Smith

Keith — Gustafsson

De Haan — Seabrook

Maatta — Murphy

Crawford

Lehner

Stars

Benn — Hintz — Seguin

Radulov — Dickinson — Perry

Janmark — Pavelski— Gurianov

Cogliano — Faksa— Comeau

Lindell — Klingberg

Oleksiak — Heiskanen

Sekera — Polak

Khudobin

Bishop

How to watch

When: 7 p.m.

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports

Live stream: NBC Sports app