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Tuesday, March 25th (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (34-26-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-15), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars aim to grab hold of a wild card spot with a third straight victory on Tuesday night as they visit the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Stars have followed up an 0-3-1 skid with victories over the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets. Dallas' 79 points put it one back of the Phoenix Coyotes for the second bonus playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Stars have a game in hand over the Coyotes, who visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday after having lost in overtime to the New York Rangers last night.

Dallas used solid special teams play to record a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power-play goals and Jamie Benn assisted on both tallies.

Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for the Stars.

"We played sound defensively," said Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. "Special teams won us the game and our goaltender made some big saves when we needed them."

Whitney scored for the first time in 13 games and it was just his eighth goal of the season, while Seguin extended his career-high point streak to nine straight games. He has seven goals and nine assists over the run.

It is unknown if Lehtonen will get the start on back-to-back nights or if Ruff will give Tim Thomas the call. Lehtonen is 5-5-2 with a 2.79 goals against average lifetime versus Chicago, while Thomas is 6-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA against the Blackhawks.

Chicago had a two-game winning streak halted with Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks are just three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division and also sit six points back of the first-place St. Louis Blues.

Corey Crawford made 15 saves in Sunday's setback, which came with Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Michal Rozsival all out of the lineup due to injury.

"They do a good job of keeping you on the outside and preventing you from getting to the net," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said of the Predators.

The Blackhawks conclude a four-game homestand tonight and have won three of four versus the Stars this season. All three victories came in Dallas, while the Stars notched a 4-3 victory in Chicago on Dec. 3.

The 'Hawks have won eight of the previous 10 meetings overall.

03/25 10:53:25 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 108
PHO 92
 
4th
MIN 100
LAC 102
 
3rd
DAL 78
NOP 71
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
1st OT
HOW 58
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
2nd
ALAAM 51
TXSOU 58
 
2nd
VT 36
BC 52
 
2nd
MVSU 41
GRAM 48
 
2nd
ISU 36
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 38
PVU 44
 
1st
ARKPB 34
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0