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Blackhawks visit Stars for key Western Conference matchup

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Chicago and Dallas have split their previous two games in the season series.

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Blackhawks will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since late February when they visit the Stars on Saturday in Dallas.

After winning in a shootout against Buffalo on Thursday, the Blackhawks are nine points and 10 points back of Minnesota and Dallas, respectively, for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference with 15 games to go.

Chicago faced Dallas just two weeks ago in a 4-3 home loss Feb. 24 at the United Center. The Blackhawks won the first of four matchups this season, 5-2, on Dec. 20 in Dallas. The two teams conclude the season series in Chicago’s home finale April 5.

Patrick Kane is 10 points shy of his career-high 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) with 96 points (40 goals, 56 assists). He has three points during his last five games.

Corey Crawford was excellent in his return to United Center, allowing four goals on 39 shots for a .897 save percentage. He stopped one of two shooters in a shootout in the win. He’s 2-1 since his return from a concussion in December and is expected to start in net Saturday.

Dallas will be without their trade deadline pickup Mats Zuccarello, who broke his right arm Feb. 24 in Chicago when blocking a shot just a day after the Stars acquired him. He’ll be out at least two more weeks.

Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists), with linemates Alexander Radulov (54 points) and Jamie Benn (46 points) filling out the top three. Radulov scored his first career NHL hat trick Thursday against Colorado after he was a healthy scratch Tuesday due to arriving late for a team meeting after he overslept.

Goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to make the start against the Blackhawks. He’s 22-14-2 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 goals-against average.

*Lineups will be updated after the morning skate.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Saad — Toews — Hayden

Kahun — Anisimov — Kane

DeBrincat — Strome — Perlini

Kunitz — Kampf — Kruger

Keith — Seabrook

Dahlstrom — Murphy

Koekkoek — Gustafsson

Crawford

Delia

Stars

Hintz — Seguin — Radulov

Benn — Dickinson — Comeau

Janmark — Spezza — Ritchie

Coligano — L’esperance — Nichushkin

Heiskanen — Klingberg

Lindell — Polak

Fedun — Lovejoy

Bishop

Khudobin

How to watch

When: 7 p.m., Central

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Live stream: ESPN+