After a wild game to finish off their Canadian portion of the annual “circus” road trip, the Blackhawks head to Dallas to face off against the Dallas Stars.
There are a couple of streaks up for grabs in tonight’s game. Hawks’ forward Patrick Kane looks to extend his 12 game point streak after tallying the game-winning goal against the Calgary Flames. During the streak, Kane has scored eight goals during his 12 game streak and the Hawks have gone 9-2-1 during Kane’s streak.
The Hawks look to extend their winning streak to five against the Stars after completing a sweep of Canadian teams (Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Edmonton) for the first time since 1994-1995.
Starting in net tonight will be Corey Crawford after rookie goaltender Antti Raanta got his first NHL start and NHL victory last night. Crawford’s start comes after he finally received a full game off to rest. Crawford holds a 16-4-3 record and has shown little struggle after winning the Stanley Cup and receiving a contract extension over the summer.
Speaking of the Stanley Cup champions, the Blackhawks 18-4-4 record is very impressive for a team coming off of a very short offseason. Signs point to strong play by the Hawks’ stars such as Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa and others have proven to be key as the Blackhawks lead the Western Conference by one point over San Jose and St. Louis. Many believed that the Blackhawks were going to look sluggish after going through a tough postseason that had many of the Hawks’ key players go through nagging injuries. But with call up of rookie goalie Raanta and re-acquisition of forward Kris Versteeg have given the Hawks an extra lift so far this season.
As for tonight’s match, the Hawks face a Dallas Stars team that sits in 12th place in the Western Conference and has shown little promise even though the Stars went through a complete team makeover this offseason. In order for the Hawks to keep their winning streak going tonight, they need to get pucks to net early on Stars’ goaltender Kari Lehtonen. The Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp need to continue their dominance as well.
If those two things happen tonight, look for the Hawks to continue their winning streak so far this road trip.
Tonight’s game in Dallas against the Dallas Stars is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Central) and can be seen on NHLN-US and CSN-Chicago.
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