Stars-Blackhawks Preview

A portion of the Chicago Blackhawks’ most recent stellar road

trip included a sixth consecutive victory against the Dallas

Stars.

The Blackhawks hope to continue that success against the Stars

when they return home Tuesday night looking to extend their

season-high winning streak to seven games.

Chicago (20-4-4) opened its seven-game trip with a 5-1 loss to

Colorado on Nov. 19, then held a 23-10 goal advantage while winning

the final six.

“We loved the trip,” said coach Joel Quenneville, whose team

leads the NHL with 98 non-shootout goals and 44 points. “We loved

the consistency. We loved the contribution we’re getting across the

board.”

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each had a goal with an assist

Saturday as Chicago concluded the trip with a 5-2 win at Phoenix.

Kane regrouped after his 12-game point streak (eight goals, nine

assists) ended during a 2-1 shootout win at Dallas (12-9-4) a night

earlier.

“The consistency is what we’re appreciating,” Quenneville said.

“The energy and enthusiasm in the locker room and on the bench is

as good as we’ve seen it here.”

Patrick Sharp had Chicago’s regulation goal against the Stars,

and Ben Smith scored in the 11th round of the shootout. Corey

Crawford made 28 saves at Dallas to win his fourth in a row.

Crawford has a 1.37 goals-against average while winning five

straight against the Stars.

The Blackhawks have scored 26 non-shootout goals and allowed

nine during their six-game winning streak versus Dallas. Only one

was played at the United Center, where Chicago has won four

straight.

Kane has two goals and five assists during his five-game home

point streak. Sharp has four and three assists during the last four

there.

Hossa scored seven of his 11 goals in his last 11 games,

including two during Chicago’s 5-2 win at Dallas on Nov. 9.

The Stars have dropped four of five, including two straight in a

shootout. Dallas recorded a season-high 45 shots but blew a

one-goal third-period lead in Sunday’s 3-2 home loss to

Edmonton.

“This was a lot more frustrating (than the Chicago defeat ),”

coach Lindy Ruff said. “There (were) glorious opportunities to put

it away. We’ve got to bear down better and make sure we finish on

some of those opportunities.”

Ryan Garbutt scored both goals but Dallas failed to convert on

four power-play chances. The Stars are 0 for 11 with the

man-advantage in the last four games and converting a league-low

10.5 percent (9 of 86) on the season.

They’re 2 for 24 in the last 10 meetings with Chicago.

Dallas, which had a six-game road winning streak end with a 6-1

loss at St. Louis on Nov. 23, could again be without star center

Tyler Seguin after he missed Sunday’s contest with concussion-like

symptoms.

Seguin, who was injured against the Blackhawks on Friday, has a

team-leading 12 goals and is second with 23 points.

“He is day to day,” Ruff told the Stars’ official website. “As

soon as he feels better, can exercise and the symptoms go away,

he’ll be back getting ready to play.”

With three goals and two assists, Garbutt has recorded five of

his seven points in the last three games.