Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
- Dallas has lost three of its last four games against the Blackhawks after winning each of the previous four meetings.
- Kari Lehtonen boasts a .943 save percentage in the first period this season, the third-highest mark in the league (minimum 10 games).
- Brenden Dillon is second in the league among rookies in hits (76) and blocked shots (37).
- The Blackhawks have allowed six power-play goals over their last three games after giving up only nine through their first 24 games of the season.
- Chicago is one of two teams in the league who feature two different goalies with at least 10 wins on the season (also Anaheim).
- Patrick Kane has recorded 25 points (11g, 14a) in 20 career games against the Stars.
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By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- With their brief skid in the past, the Chicago Blackhawks are poised to begin another winning streak.
After bouncing back from two straight defeats to win the opener of a four-game trip, the Blackhawks look to hand the Dallas Stars a fourth consecutive loss Saturday night.
Chicago (22-2-3) didn't seem too concerned while dropping two in a row following its NHL-record 24-game point streak to start the season. Fresh from a three-day break, the Blackhawks regrouped to win 2-1 in a shootout over Columbus on Thursday.
"For us to come out and get two points, it's a good confidence boost," Chicago's Patrick Kane told the NHL's official website. "It's good to feel a win again."
Kane set up defenseman Johnny Oduya's first goal in 40 games and added the decisive score in the shootout for the league-leading Blackhawks, who hold a four-point lead over surging Anaheim in the Western Conference.
"I thought we got back on track (Thursday)," coach Joel Quenneville said.
"We started the trip in a positive way like we were hoping to. It's nice to get off that shnied."
Chicago had allowed six goals in each of the previous two games but clamped down against the surging Blue Jackets. Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots after yielding 11 goals in his previous three appearances.
Kane, who recorded the 400th point of his career, has totaled 20 (nine goals, 11 assists) of his team-leading 31 points on the road.
"He has the puck a lot and he's a threat," Quenneville said.
Kane had two assists to help Chicago rally for a 3-2 overtime win at Dallas on Jan. 24. Jonathan Toews tied it with 5:53 left in the third period and Kane assisted on Marian Hossa's goal 1:41 into overtime.
Crawford, 12-2-3 with a 1.84 goals-against average, made 21 saves.
Kane has eight goals and seven assists in 11 games at Dallas.
The Stars (12-11-3) have been outscored 8-2 during a three-game slide. Even with captain Brenden Morrow back after missing two games with a groin injury, Dallas made little progress despite 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ducks at home Thursday.
Dallas failed to score on five breakaways and hit the goal post or crossbar three times.
"We had a lot of good chances, just kind of got the wrong side of the post on a few of them," said Stars rookie Reilly Smith, who had two of the breakaways and hit the post with another shot.
"We have to start burying the puck because these last few games we haven't created enough offensive opportunities to put the puck in the back of the net."
Ray Whitney scored in his second game after missing 16 with a broken foot for the Stars, who have recorded 66 shots on goal and scored once while losing their last two home games.
Center Jamie Benn has missed both contests with a wrist injury.
"We hope (he can play Saturday)," coach Glen Gulutzan told the Stars' official website. "It's one day at a time."
Whitney had a goal Jan. 24 and has three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.
Dallas' Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves versus Chicago in the first meeting.
Updated March 15, 2013