Blackhawks face off vs the Stars in Dallas on Friday night

For the past five years, the Blackhawks have wrapped up their circus trip with a Thanksgiving weekend swing through California. This year the pattern changed, and they're ending the trip with back-to-back games in Dallas and Phoenix.

Dallas and Chicago last faced each other three weeks ago on November 9 in Dallas. The Blackhawks won that game 5-2 and hope to repeat the performance on Friday night.

The Blackhawks currently sit atop the league with 40 points. The Stars are last in the Central with 26 points, and sit 8 points out of a playoff position in the West. Were they in the Metropolitan Division, they'd be comfortably in second place, ahead of the Rangers and Capitals, who both also have 26 points.

One shouldn't underestimate the Stars, however - after being drubbed by the Blues on the road last weekend, they bounced back and beat the Ducks 6-3. A quick glance through the Stars' schedule shows that their scoring has been all over the map, putting up 7 against Calgary one night and being held to just 2 by Vancouver a couple days later.

After sweeping the Canadian portion of their trip, the Blackhawks hope to stretch their team winning streak to five. Patrick Kane would no doubt like to extend his personal points streak as well.

Corey Crawford (16-4-3, 2.43 GAA, .911 sv%) will get the start for Chicago; Kari Lehtonen (10-5-2, 2.28 GAA, .924 sv%) will probably start for Dallas.

Tyler Seguin has had the past couple days off to rest a muscle issue; he is likely to play on Friday.

 

Game info: 7:30 p.m. CST, American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX

Viewing info: TV: Chicago - CSN, Dallas - TXA 21, elsewhere in US - NHL Network; Radio: WGN 720