After recording a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday, the Blackhawks have hit the road and will face the Dallas Stars tonight. Catch all the action on CSN beginning at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.
The Blackhawks and Stars have been seeing each other quite a bit lately. In fact, tonight's matchup will be their fourth meeting in the last four weeks.
After handing the defending Stanley Cup champions a loss just one week ago, the Stars are looking to continue their recent success by extending their point streak to seven games.
The Blackhawks will be without Corey Crawford as the starting goaltender recovers from a lower-body injury he suffered Sunday night against Florida. As insider Tracey Myers wrote yesterday, backup netminder Antti Raanta is confident he can fill the Blackhawks' void in the meantime and he is expected to get the start tonight.
With Nikolai Khabibulin still recovering from an injury as well, the Blackhawks recalled goaltender Kent Simpson from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Winger Bryan Bickell was placed on Injured Reserve to make room for Simpson on Chicago's roster.
Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (16G, 21A), Patrick Sharp (12G, 15A), Jonathan Toews (12G, 15A), Duncan Keith (1G, 24A), Marian Hossa (13G, 11A)
Stars: Tyler Seguin (15G, 12A), Jamie Benn (7G, 19A), Cody Eakin (7G, 9A), Alex Chiasson (8G, 7A), Valeri Nichushkin (4G, 11A)
Last Tuesday sparked a physical game between these two teams. Andrew Shaw and Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves after Roussel had a few questionable hits against the Blackhawks days prior. Roussel later went on to record a goal on a penalty shot that proved to be the game-winner for Dallas.
Don't expect the Blackhawks to retaliate because of last week's drama, but the competition between these two teams has grown throughout their last couple games and will likely be visible in one way or another tonight.
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