Hawks host Stars in return to United Center

Hawks host Stars in return to United Center
December 3, 2013, 8:15 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks have returned home after posting a 6-1 record on their annual Circus Trip and will host the Dallas Stars tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

It's been just four days since the Blackhawks recorded a 2-1 win in Dallas in their 11-round shootout on their Circus Trip, and tonight the defending Stanley Cup champions will aim to build upon their 2-0 record against the Stars this season.

This year's success against Dallas (12-9-4) is nothing new to the Blackhawks (20-4-4), who have won their last six matchups against their division rival. If the Blackhawks can push that number to seven consecutive wins, they'll also record a season-high seven-game win streak — stemming back to their Nov. 21 win against the Winnipeg Jets. 

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But unlike the Blackhawks, the Stars have had a far less busy schedule as of late. Their last game was played Sunday — a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Now the Stars are coming into tonight's game after getting some rest and playing three home games in the last seven days. But after recording four losses in their last five games, they'll be hungry to get back into the win column tonight.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (16G, 14A), Jonathan Toews (12G, 13A), Duncan Keith (1G, 23A), Patrick Sharp (10G, 23A), Marian Hossa (11G, 9A)

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Stars: Jamie Benn (7G, 17A), **Tyler Seguin (12G, 11A), Alex Chiasson (7G, 7A), Cody Eakin (6G, 8A), Rich Peverley (5G, 7A)

**Seguin in out tonight after suffering from concussion-like systems since the Stars' previous matchup against the Blackhawks

Goaltender matchup

The Blackhawks announced Monday that Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight. Crawford's posted a .913 save percentage this season and a 1.37 goals-against average in his last five wins over Dallas.

The Stars have yet to announce their starting goaltender, but it's likely Kari Lehtonen will be back in net. Lehtonen's posted a .926 save percentage in 19 games played this season.