Teravainen expected to make debut as Blackhawks host Stars

Teravainen expected to make debut as Blackhawks host Stars
March 25, 2014, 8:00 am
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Nina Falcone

After getting shut out by the Nashville Predators on Sunday night, the Blackhawks look to rebound as they host the Dallas Stars. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

It's looking like tonight's game against the Stars will be the one Chicago fans have been waiting for.

After suffering a shutout loss to the Predators on Sunday night, the Blackhawks will look to bounce back as the Central Division race continues to heat up. And they'll probably be doing so with Teuvo Teravainen in the lineup for the first time.

Teravainen arrived in Chicago on Friday and wanted a few days to get acclimated to the North American ice surface and his new teammates before jumping into a game. Although no official announcements have been made by the Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday that the former first-round pick "may" lace up his skates against Dallas; and when Quenneville says "may," it likely means "he will."

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With that being said, the Blackhawks will get back to work tonight as they face the Stars (33-26-11) for the fifth and final time in the regular season. Up until this point, Chicago's recorded three out of the last four victories against Dallas.

The Stars are coming into tonight's game following their 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night. Tonight they'll aim to record a three-game win streak.

Dallas currently sits one point out of a wild card spot behind the Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (30G, 39A), *Patrick Kane (29G, 40A), Jonathan Toews (28G, 38A), Duncan Keith (5G, 50A), Marian Hossa (25G, 29A)

*Blackhawks are without Kane for the remainder of the regular season as he continues to rehab a lower left-leg injury.

Stars: Tyler Seguin (31G, 42A), Jamie Benn (30G, 37A), Alex Goligoski (5G, 28A), Cody Eakin (14G, 17A), Valeri Nichushkin (13G, 18A)

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