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Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

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Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks Recap APR 8TH 2021

Corey Crawford made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated visiting Dallas 3-0 Tuesday night, preventing the Stars from breaking two franchise records.

Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy scored as Chicago snapped Dallas' franchise record-tying seven-game winning streak and 12-game point streak (11-0-1).

The shutout was the 26th of Crawford's 13-year career with the Blackhawks. His season career high is seven, set in 2015-16.

Saad scored at 11:20 of the first period following a faceoff win by Alex Nylander in the Dallas end of the rink. The puck went back to Erik Gustafsson at the right point. The defenseman skated toward the top of the faceoff circle and faked a shot, drawing two Stars forwards out of position, before chipping a pass to Saad, who had skated into the top of the slot. Saad's one-timer skipped under the pad of Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin and just inside the right post.

Kane made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 10:42 of the third on a snap shot from the right faceoff circle, assisted by Alex DeBrincat and Andrew Shaw. The Stars had killed 15 consecutive penalties over a four-game stretch before Kane's tally.

Kane extended his point streak to 13 games, during which he's had 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists), and helped the Blackhawks snap a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

Murphy scored an empty-net goal at 17:20.

Khudobin, who made a season-high 38 saves Saturday as the Stars defeated the visiting Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout, stopped 35 of 37 shots in Tuesday's rematch.

While it was a home-and-home series for the Blackhawks, the Stars were playing the second half of a back-to-back. Dallas defeated visiting Las Vegas 4-2 Monday to tie the two franchise records.

The loss was the Stars' first in regulation since a 3-0 setback to Pittsburgh on Oct. 26.

--Field Level Media

The Dallas Stars keep looking for ways to build momentum, but every time they take a step forward, they seem to take one or two steps back.

The Stars again will try to turn things around when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Chicago won the opener of the two-game set 4-2 on Tuesday, dropping the Stars seven points back of the final playoff spot in the Central Division with 19 games left. The Blackhawks are two points behind the fourth-place Nashville Predators with 16 games remaining for each team.

Dallas hasn't won two in a row against the same team since it earned back-to-back wins over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 26-28.

"It's pretty simple from my standpoint: You're not getting in the playoffs with 36 points," Stars assistant coach John Stevens said. "We can sit here and hope that teams lose, but until we start helping ourselves, we're not going to get where we want to be. The other teams can do what they want; we have to take care of our own business."

Stevens reportedly will turn the team back over to head coach Rick Bowness, who was pulled mid-game on Sunday at the Carolina Hurricanes, and then missed Tuesday's game while quarantining in COVID protocol because of a false positive test.

The Blackhawks hope to establish some consistency as well.

Chicago took over fourth place in the Central Division with back-to-back wins against the first-place Florida Panthers on March 23-25, only to lose its next two games against the Predators to fall back to fifth, where the Blackhawks still sit.

The win against the Stars on Tuesday was a big confidence boost for the Blackhawks, however. They took a 3-0 lead into the third period, only to see Dallas cut it to 3-2 with 6:14 remaining. Patrick Kane iced the win with an empty-net goal with seven seconds left.

"It was important for our group and their confidence that we were able to lock it down," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I like that we stuck with it and had some good, strong shifts to close out the game."

The Blackhawks received some noteworthy contributions in the win.

Kirby Dach gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season in his sixth game with Chicago. The third pick of the 2019 NHL Draft missed the first 34 games after undergoing wrist surgery in the offseason.

Vinnie Hinostroza assisted on the second goal in his first game since he was re-acquired by Chicago in a trade with the Panthers.

Hinostroza spent his first three NHL seasons with the Blackhawks before playing the past two seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. He appeared in nine games with Florida this season.

"It's so tight in our division here," Hinostroza said. "I was just working hard every day for an opportunity. Luckily, it's here in my hometown with a lot of the guys that I know and want to battle for to get in the playoffs. Us getting in the playoffs would be the most rewarding thing. I think we could do some damage if we get there."

--Field Level Media

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W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Florida L 3 - 2
  • @Nashville L 2 - 3
  • Florida W 1 - 4
  • @Chicago W 5 - 1
  • @Chicago L 2 - 4
  • @Carolina L 0 - 1
  • @Carolina W 3 - 2
  • @Nashville W 4 - 1
  • @Nashville L 2 - 3
  • Florida L 4 - 1
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Columbus W 4 - 3
  • @Columbus W 4 - 3
  • Dallas L 5 - 1
  • Dallas W 2 - 4
  • @Nashville L 0 - 3
  • Carolina L 4 - 3
  • Carolina W 1 - 2
  • Nashville L 3 - 2
  • Nashville L 3 - 1
  • Florida W 0 - 3

Next Games

  • Columbus(03-06-21) W 0 - 5
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  • Detroit(01-28-21) W 3 - 7
  • Detroit(01-28-21) W 3 - 7
  • @Detroit(03-20-21) W 3 - 0
  • @Detroit(02-17-21) W 2 - 0
  • @Detroit(02-17-21) W 2 - 0
  • @Nashville(04-03-21) L 0 - 3
  • Nashville(03-28-21) L 3 - 2
  • Nashville(03-28-21) L 3 - 2

Last Meetings

  • Stars @ Blackhawks 5-1
  • Stars @ Blackhawks 2-4
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 4-2
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 1-6
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 2-1
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 2-1
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 1-2
  • Stars @ Blackhawks 0-3
  • Blackhawks @ Stars 1-2
  • Stars @ Blackhawks 1-6

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Adam Boqvist

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Boqvist has entered the concussions protocol, and it has yet to be determined if he will be cleared to play before Thursday's battle with the Red Wings.

  • Calvin de Haan

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    De Haan is bothered by a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will be active versus the Red Wings on Thursday.

  • Calvin de Haan

    Ques Mon | questionable

    de Haan departed the previous contest with a hip injury, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up for Monday's showdown with the Blue Jackets.

  • Brandon Hagel

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hagel has been placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list, and there is no clear timetable for his return.

Dallas Stars

  • Andrej Sekera

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Sekera was absent from the previous contest with a lower-body injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take on the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

  • Alexander Radulov

    Lower Body
    out for season | I-R

    Radulov has been ticketed for the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Joel Kiviranta

    Lower Body
    Late April | I-R

    Kiviranta has been shuttled to the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, and he is not expected to return until the end of April.

  • Roope Hintz

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hintz missed the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Thursday's matchup with the Blue Jackets.

  • Thomas Harley

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Harley is out if the lineup with a lower-body injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Ben Bishop

    out for season | I-R

    Bishop has been shifted to the injured reserve list and is expected to miss the remainder of the season after having right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

  • Jason Dickinson

    Lower Body
    Prob Sun | probable

    Dickinson has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from a lower-body injury, and he is projected to take on the Predators on Sunday.

  • Roope Hintz

    Lower Body
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hintz is dealing with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will take on the Predators on Sunday.