Kari Lehtonen

Blackhawks looking for more consistent game vs. Stars

Blackhawks looking for more consistent game vs. Stars

DALLAS – Corey Crawford will get the start and Jordin Tootoo draws back into the lineup when the Blackhawks face the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. In that game they were outstanding at the start before having a lousy second period. The Stars may be struggling with inconsistency and injuries but the Blackhawks know they can’t take them lightly.

“They gave us a really hard time last year. This year when you look at the lineup they still have so much firepower up front,” Marian Hossa said. “They’re dangerous on the power play so we have to be smart, play 5-no-5 as much as you can. And just don’t give the first line much room because it can shoot it so quick and it can hurt you.”

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The Stars are not that far off from a possible postseason berth and Stephen Johns said the Stars are confident they can get there.

“We all believe and we all know we’re going to somehow find a way to get in. That has to be our main focus going down the stretch,” Johns said. “We don’t want a four-or five-month summer. We want to be here as long as possible. It’s fun coming to the rink every day. It’s a great group of guys; we have a lot of fun together. The results haven’t been what we expected but there’s still time.”

Broadcast information

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: WGN

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks forward lines

Nick Schmaltz -Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa

Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Gustav Forsling-Brent Seabrook

Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries

Michal Rozsival (lower body)

Stars forward lines (via Dallas Morning News)

Jamie Benn-Cody Eakin-Patrick Eaves

Antoine Roussel-Tyler Seguin-Brett Ritchie

Devin Shore-Radek Faksa-Patrick Sharp

Curtis McKenzie-Adam Cracknell-Lauri Korpikoski

Defensive pairs

Esa Lindell-John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis-Jordie Benn

Patrik Nemeth-Stephen Johns

Goaltender

Kari Lehtonen

Injuries

Jason Spezza (upper body), Johnny Oduya (lower body), Jamie Oleksiak (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)