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