Stars Look For No. Eight in Short Trip to Chicago

The Stars can extend their win streak to eight and their point streak to 13 with a win against the Blackhawks tonight.

As of late, all the Dallas Stars do is win no matter what, currently riding a seven-game winning streak and 13-point streak. Those streaks will be tested once more as the Stars hit the road to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Stars, who beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 in Dallas last night. Meanwhile the Blackhawks haven’t played since Saturday when they lost to the Stars 2-1 in the shootout, which prompted this Twitter thread from Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner:

Not only is Chicago hoping to snap the Stars’ winning streak, but also their own three-game losing streak. They currently sit four points behind the San Jose Sharks for the second Wild Card spot, but they also have two games in hand. A win would keep the Blackhawks squarely in the playoff race, while another loss would continue their descent to the bottom of the standings.

In contrast, the Stars sit firmly in second place in the Central, which would have seemed like a fever dream just a month ago before that fated Minnesota Wild game. A win against Chicago would not only set a franchise record for the longest winning streak, but it would also briefly put them ahead of the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central (ignoring the fact that St. Louis would have a game in hand, of course).

Will the Stars keep the streaks alive? Or will we simply be thankful that they lasted as long as they did this Thanksgiving? Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Stars’ Lineup

As the second night of a back-to-back, there’s no morning skate today. But expect a lineup similar to the one used in last night’s win over Vegas:

Jamie Benn – Roope Hintz – Tyler Seguin
Alexander Radulov – Jason Dickinson – Corey Perry
Mattias Janmark – Joe Pavelski – Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak – Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera – Roman Polak

Expect Anton Khudobin to be in net.

Blackhawks’ Lineup

Per head coach Jeremy Colliton, Chicago will ice the same lineup as they did against Dallas on Saturday:

Alex Nylander – Jonathan Toews – Brandon Saad
Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Strome – Patrick Kane
Dominik Kubalik – David Kampf – Andrew Shaw
Zack Smith – Kirby Dach – Ryan Carpenter

Duncan Keith – Erik Gustafsson
Calvin de Haan – Brent Seabrook
Olli Maatta – Connor Murphy

Only difference is this time, Corey Crawford will be between the pipes. Maybe they’re anticipating another shootout?