National Hockey League
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Chicago at Dallas
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

After a franchise-best 12-game winning streak helped the Chicago Blackhawks move into first place, the Dallas Stars would like to continue their recent hot streak on Saturday when the Central Division rivals meet at American Airlines Center. Dallas, which resides three points behind Chicago with three games in hand, has won three in a row - including the first two contests of five straight against division representatives.

John Klingberg scored 35 seconds into overtime for his second goal in as many games as the Stars rallied to a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Thursday. The defenseman is riding a three-game point streak and also had an assist in Dallas' 4-0 victory over Chicago on Dec. 22. Antti Niemi turned aside all 20 shots he faced in that contest and fellow former Blackhawk Patrick Sharp scored and set up a goal. Corey Crawford yielded four goals on 32 shots to take the loss in that game, but has since rebounded with a 12-3-0 mark.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FSN Southwest-Plus

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (35-16-4): After serving a one-game suspension for missing the NHL All-Star Game, captain Jonathan Toews came back with a vengeance - capping a two-goal performance with an overtime tally in Chicago's 5-4 victory over Arizona on Thursday. Toews' eighth-game winning goal tied him with San Jose captain Joe Pavelski for the league lead while his fifth overtime tally matched the NHL record of Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, who set the mark in 2011-12. Toews has 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 31 career encounters with the Stars, but was held in check in the teams' first meeting.

ABOUT THE STARS (33-14-5): Dallas' high-octane offense was dealt a jolt with the news that veteran Jason Spezza will be sidelined for a few games with an upper-body injury. "I'm going to say it's more than few days," coach Lindy Ruff said of Spezza, who is third on the team with 18 goals - with one coming in the Stars' victory over the Blackhawks. With Spezza sidelined, Dallas recalled center Radek Faksa from Texas of the American Hockey League.

OVERTIME

1. Chicago RW Marian Hossa is five goals shy of 500 for his career.

2. Dallas has won 11 of its last 14 home games.

3. The Blackhawks are 1-for-19 on the power play in the last seven contests.

PREDICTION: Stars 4, Blackhawks 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 35-16-4-0 W2 21-5-1-0 14-11-3-0 3-0-0-0 32-16-4-0 10-6-1-0
Dallas 33-14-3-2 W3 19-6-0-0 14-8-3-2 3-1-0-0 30-13-3-2 10-4-0-1
Last Meeting
Chicago Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/22/15 CHI 0 DAL 4 20 28 0-2 32 20 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Dallas J. Demers 2
Goals Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Dallas M. Janmark 1
Assists Player  
Chicago A. Anisimov 0
Dallas J. Demers 2
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 28
Dallas A. Niemi 20
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago P. Kane 78
Dallas T. Seguin 60
Goals Player  
Chicago P. Kane 33
Dallas T. Seguin 30
Assists Player  
Chicago P. Kane 45
Dallas J. Klingberg 37
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Crawford 1256
Dallas A. Niemi 890
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Dallas Def
2.78 GF
2.63 GA
30.9 Shots
28.8 Shots
34 PP
30 PK
Dallas Off vs  Chicago Def
3.25 GF
2.31 GA
32.4 Shots
30.4 Shots
35 PP
27 PK