Stars – Blackhawks preview

16 Mar

The Chicago Blackhawks visit big D to take on the Dallas Stars tonight at the American Airlines Arena.

This is a huge game.  Points are at a premium this time of year and both teams want the 2 that are available.

Something for you to digest is that this is a very possible first round match up.  If the season ended today Dallas would host Chicago in the first round.  Both teams have played 71 games so far this season and the Hawks have 84 points and the Stars have 83.  Yet Dallas is in 3rd place and the Hawks are in 6th.

The Stars have given the Hawks fits this year.  They like to play the kind of physical hockey that has troubled the Hawks throughout the season.  The Hawks will need to bring the kind of game they brought the last two games if they want a chance to win.

They also need to play at the start of the game.  Something they haven’t done a whole lot.  They like to start playing in the second period, usually down a goal or two.  The Hawks will have to do without Toews and Hjalmarsson again.

It’s a double edge sword having that kind of talent on your team.  They know they can come back.  Just think if they could come out and play a whole 60 minutes.

The Stars are 8-1-1 in their last ten games and the Hawks are 5-4-1.  Goalies for tonight should be Lehtonen and Crawford.  Lehtonen is coming off back to back shutouts.  Crawford has struggled lately but sure looked good in relief of Emery in the last game.

TTS

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