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Stars GameDay: Dallas, Chicago meet in showdown of best in West

Stars right wing Patrick Eaves, right, celebrates with left wing Jamie Benn after scoring the first of his three goals against the Blackhawks in a 4-2 victory on Feb. 11.
Stars right wing Patrick Eaves, right, celebrates with left wing Jamie Benn after scoring the first of his three goals against the Blackhawks in a 4-2 victory on Feb. 11. AP

Blackhawks at Stars

7:30 p.m. Friday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Records: Blackhawks 41-21-6, 88 pts;, Stars 40-20-8, 88 pts.

About the Blackhawks: Chicago is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. … Right winger Marian Hossa, who has missed nine games with a lower-body injury, will participate in the morning skate before a decision is made about his availability. ... The Blackhawks have allowed at least one power-play goal in seven games during Hossa’s absence. Chicago is also missing center Marcus Kruger (fractured left wrist).

About the Stars: Dallas remains tied with Chicago atop the Western Conference standings with 88 points. The Stars are coming off a 4-3 loss to Montreal in overtime on Wednesday. ... Dallas has won two of three games against the Blackhawks this season. Patrick Eaves recorded a hat trick in the previous meeting on Feb. 11 in a 4-2 Stars victory. … The Stars will be without defenseman Jason Demers for at least six weeks because of a shoulder injury. Defensemen John Klingberg (lower body) and Jordie Benn (lower body) are also expected to miss the back-to-back against the Blackhawks and Blues, along with forward Patrick Sharp (lower body), according to the team’s website.

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