The Stars look to avoid a season sweep to Chicago for the first time in franchise history Saturday at American Airlines Center.
Dallas (29-21-7) has yielded 25 goals in winning 10 of its last 13 but suffered a 6-2 defeat Feb. 14 in Chicago, allowing the Blackhawks (33-15-8) to jump ahead 5-0.
In three losses this season to Chicago, Dallas has been outscored 17-7, and is on the verge of losing every game to the Blackhawks for the first time in 41 seasons. The Stars have finished winless three times in a season against Chicago but managed at least one tie in 1968-69, 1977-78 and 1995-96.
Since he was pulled from the Feb. 14 loss, Marty Turco has allowed four goals in consecutive victories. After starting the season 12-12-5 with a 3.33 goals-against average, Turco is 16-7-2 with a 2.18 GAA and has started a franchise-record 28 straight games.
He is 14-4-0 with one tie and a 2.04 GAA in 21 career appearances against Chicago.
The Stars didn’t let the absence of one of their top scorers affect them in a 4-2 victory Thursday night over visiting Edmonton. In the first game without Brad Richards, Dallas scored four goals for the first time in five games, using the final two to break a 2-all tie.
Richards, the team’s second-leading scorer with 48 points, is expected to miss eight weeks with a fractured right wrist.
“Everyone knows that we have big names out of the lineup, big pieces of the puzzle,” said center Mike Ribeiro, who has a team-leading 52 points. “To lose Brad is big, but hopefully it will keep us together and keep us pushing forward.”
Loui Eriksson, who has scored a team-best 27 times, has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.
While looking for the season sweep of Dallas, the Blackhawks are also trying to finish their three-game road trip undefeated and earn a fourth consecutive win.
With Khabibulin in Chicago nursing a groin injury, Huet is expected to make a fifth straight start. He is 7-3-0 with a 1.75 GAA in his last 11 road starts.
“It’s nice to have a little bit of a roll,” Huet said. “I’ve got no complaints. It’s nice to get some games under your belt and build on what you did last game.”
Since going 0-3-1 against the Stars in 2005-06, the Blackhawks lead the series 7-4-0 and have won two of the past three in Dallas.