Thursday night will feature the second of Chicago’s two consecutive road games against the Stars, which is also the last of the Blackhawks’ four games in Dallas this season
Kevin Lankinen will start in goal against the Stars’ 8-8-5 record as compared to the Blackhawks’ tally of 13-9-5.
An upsetting loss on 6-1 to Dallas on Tuesday made Patrick Kane’s 1000th NHL career game was made bittersweet. At 32 years old, Kane is the youngest Blackhawks player to reach this mark, while Stan Mikita holds the team’s record at 1,396 — although Duncan Keith is closing in at second place with 1,164 career games. Kane is now the 350th NHL player with 1000 career games.
In an effort to keep thinks light before the landmark game, Kane expressed his inability to sleep due to nerves, while sharing a tactic to help overcome this problem.
Maybe this will do the trick.— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) March 9, 2021
Breathe in, breathe out. 997… 998… 999…https://t.co/zk7GDQVJFY
With 21 points in 21 games, Dallas holds in seventh place in the Central Division — although they have games in hand on every team above them — while Chicago is grasping on to the division’s last playoff spot in fourth-place with 31 points in 27 games.
Stars Coach Rich Bowness commented that Tuesday’s game “put us back in the playoff hunt,” but also admitted that, “with where we are in the battle for a playoff spot, you get about an hour to enjoy this.”
The first move was made on Tuesday just 100 seconds into the first period with Joel Kiviranta’s goal. Mattias Janmark scored the lone Blackhawks goal with a one-timer early in the second, but Dallas answered back with four goals in the second. The last goal for Dallas, pocketed in the third period, reminded us that baseball season is upon us as Roope Hintz batted the puck into the net out of mid-air. Jason Robertson had four assists, the fourth rookie in franchise history to reach that milestone.
Overall, Tuesday’s game saw some problematic issues everywhere, with Dallas leading in shot attempts 60-36 and overwhelming Chicago 30-12 in scoring chances. Despite the six goals scored for Dallas, Malcolm Subban kept 31 attempts out of the net, compared to just 21 saves for Anton Khudobin. The Blackhawks have allowed six goals against in each of their last two games — both losses.
In some good news, though: Kirby Dach has said he is making progress and skating with the team again, despite still having ways to go in his first interview since being injured in a World Juniors pre-tournament game. And, no surprises here, he regrets nothing about sustaining an injury while living his dream of playing for Team Canada.
"I know there's still a long road ahead."— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 10, 2021
Kirby Dach discusses his return to the ice for the first time following surgery on a fractured wrist in late December. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/kJ32jqCgj4
With 13 goals Joe Pavelski leads the Stars while Jason Robertson is second with three goals in the last 10 games. Kane, of course, leads the Blackhawks while Alex DeBrincat is below that with six goals and six assists in the last 10 games.
Ian Mitchell seems to be struggling as Coach Jeremy Colliton announced that he would be sitting out his second game in a row for some ‘study time.’
Colliton on Ian Mitchell sitting again: "It's an opportunity to spend time with him and have a couple conversations and show him some clips and get a little extra work in and reset. We believe in him."— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) March 11, 2021
The Blackhawks will still have Dylan Stone and Zach Smith on injured reserve while the Stars are still missing right winger Alexander Radulov and center Tyler Seguin.
Alright Hawks, ahead of Thursday’s rematch with Dallas, perhaps it’s time to follow Kane’s mantra: breath in, breath out, 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ...
Tale of the Tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Stars
46.9% (30th) — Corsi For — 51.0% (9th)
32.8% (4th) — Expected goals for — 20.8% (25th)
3.00 (15th) — Goals per game — 2.95 (17th)
3.11 (22nd) — Goals against per game — 2.48 (5th)
47.1% (26th) — Faceoffs — 50.7% (13th)
30.4% (2nd) — Power play — 26.0% (9th)
72.3% (28th) — Penalty kill — 79.0% (16th)
DeBrincat — Suter — Kane
Janmark — Soderberg — Kurashev
Kubalik — Kampf — Hagel
Highmore — Carpenter — Wallmark
Keith — Boqvist
Zadorov — Murphy
de Haan — Beaudin
Benn — Pavelski — Gurianov
Robertson — Dickinson — Kiviranta
Cogliano — Faksa — Comeau
Caamano — Dellandrea — L’Esperance
Lindell — Pysyk
Oleksiak — Heiskanen
Hanley — Sekera
How to watch
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.tv