|63||CHICAGO||-130||Ov 5.5,-110||-125||Ov 5.5,-110|
|64||DALLAS||+110||Un 5.5,-110||+105||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||2-0||5.5||26.5||3.0||25.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-0-0||+3||3-0||+3||2-1||4.7||26.7||2.7||28.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||14||5||5||4||0||0||80||17.5%||13||3||23.1%||23|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||11||4||4||3||0||0||53||20.8%||10||2||20.0%||17|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||14||5||5||4||0||0||80||17.5%||13||3||23.1%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||8||1||2||5||0||0||84||9.5%||10||1||10.0%||14|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||6||1||2||3||0||0||50||12.0%||8||0||0.0%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||1||2||5||0||0||84||9.5%||10||1||10.0%||14|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||2||2||55||51||92.7%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Road Games)||1||1||21||19||90.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||2||2||55||51||92.7%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|RAY EMERY (Road Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||1||1||29||25||86.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-0-0||+1||1-0||+1||1-0||4.0||26.0||3.0||40.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-1-0||+1.1||2-1||+1.1||1-2||2.0||27.3||1.7||37.3|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||6||2||1||3||0||0||82||7.3%||10||2||20.0%||11|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||4||1||1||2||0||0||26||15.4%||4||2||50.0%||7|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||6||2||1||3||0||0||82||7.3%||10||2||20.0%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||5||1||2||2||0||0||112||4.5%||12||2||16.7%||8|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||3||0||2||1||0||0||40||7.5%||5||2||40.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||1||2||2||0||0||112||4.5%||12||2||16.7%||8|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (All Games)||2||2||80||76||95.0%||0||2-0||+2.1||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Home Games)||1||1||40||37||92.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Last 4 Games)||2||2||80||76||95.0%||0||2-0||+2.1||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (All Games)||1||1||32||31||96.9%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Last 4 Games)||1||1||32||31||96.9%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 3.91, DALLAS 3.01|
|1/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at PHOENIX||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/22/2013||ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|1/26/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/30/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/1/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|2/2/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|1/19/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at MINNESOTA||0-1||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||at DETROIT||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|1/26/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|1/28/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|1/29/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/2/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/4/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
LAST SEASON: 42-35-5, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Curt Fraser, first season.
ADDED: C Cody Eakin, LW Ray Whitney, C Derek Roy, RW Jaromir Jagr, D Aaron Rome.
LOST: C Mike Ribiero, D Sheldon Souray, C Steve Ott, D Adam Pardy, C Jake Dowell, RW, RW Radek Dvorak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Brenden Morrow. It's a contract year for the captain, who scored 35 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: The Stars recently signed G Kari Lehtonen to a five-year contract extension after two relatively healthy seasons in Dallas. The Finn and a relatively solid defense should keep the Stars on the fringes of playoff contention. Seeing how much Dallas can get from the 40-year-old Jagr in the lockout-shortened season will be worth watching.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CHICAGO-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blackhawks-Stars Preview* ==========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Chicago (3-0-0) at Dallas (2-1-0), 8:30 p.m. EDT
With their offense leading the way in victories over top-tier competition, the Chicago Blackhawks are feeling pretty good about the way the season has started.
The Dallas Stars haven't been quite as impressive, but they are also optimistic with the direction they're headed.
The high-powered Blackhawks look to open with a fourth straight win Thursday night when they visit a Stars team trying to build on an encouraging victory.
After emphatic wins over Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles and defending Pacific Division champion Phoenix, Chicago defeated the Central Division champs with a 3-2 victory over St. Louis in Tuesday's home opener. Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg all scored for the Blackhawks, who have opened with three wins for the first time since beginning 4-0-0 in 1972-73.
"There are a lot of positive things that you could look at our game right now and say we're doing things well in certain areas," captain Jonathan Toews said.
Their biggest strength is an offense that has totaled 14 goals. Eight players have already scored with Marian Hossa leading the way with four for Chicago, which is opening a stretch of playing eight of nine on the road.
"I like the focus of our team right off the bat, the contributions we're getting from a lot of guys," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's a positive start, we're happy, but let's keep trying to get better."
After scoring 23 goals last season - his fewest since notching 21 in his 2007-08 Calder Trophy-winning season - Kane is off to a fast start. He has recorded at least one point in each game, tallying two goals and three assists.
Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp are skating aside Kane on Chicago's second line and have combined for three goals and three assists. Bolland and Sharp had three goals apiece against Dallas last season.
Corey Crawford, who has allowed two goals in each of his two starts, was between the pipes for all four games with the Stars in 2011-12, and went 2-2-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average.
Like Chicago, Dallas (2-1-0) put together a strong offensive showing in its opener, beating the Coyotes 4-3, but has combined for just two goals since. Following a 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, the Stars bounced back with Tuesday's 2-1 win in Detroit.
Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout.
"As a team here, we're doing a lot of good things, and we're getting better as every day goes by," said Ryder, who got his first goals after leading the Stars with 35 a year ago.
The offense kept the pressure on the Red Wings, registering 32 shots on Jimmy Howard, and Lehtonen did his part at the other end, finishing with 39 saves. He has stopped 76 of 80 shots in winning both of his starts.
The Stars prevented Detroit, which had an NHL-best 31 home wins last season, from scoring on four power-play chances, and have killed 10 of their 12 penalties. The Blackhawks are 3 for 13 with the man advantage.
"You want to start well," Lehtonen said. "I think we just need to keep going. Everybody believes in themselves a little bit more after coming here and getting a win."
Lehtonen was in net for two games against the Blackhawks last season, and is 4-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA in five starts versus Chicago with Dallas.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 10:49:11 PM EST|