Jan 24, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg (25) screens Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) as defenseman Jordie Benn (58) defends during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

A tough test awaits the Dallas Stars (12-11-3) as they continue a four game home stand. Tonight they’ll be facing yet another tough opponent when the league leading Chicago Blackhawks (22-2-3) come to the American Airlines Center. The Stars are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night at the American Airlines Center and fell to 0-1-1.

If the Stars want to win, they will need to find a way to score more goals, especially since Jamie Benn will be a game time decision tonight with a wrist injury. They will also need a superb performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who is clearly the Stars MVP.

The Chicago Blackhawks are off to one of their best starts in franchise history, earning at least a point in the first 24 games of the season (21-0-3). The streak ended with a pair of regulation losses, but the team landed back in the win column Thursday, defeating Columbus 2-1. The Hawks will be without left wing forward Patrick Sharp who injured his shoulder.

This is the second of three meetings for the two teams, both being played in Dallas. Chicago overcame the first threat to kick off what became a 24-game point streak with a 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 24. The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 but got a third-period goal from Jonathan Toews to tie it before Marian Hossa won the game in overtime.

Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be on Fox Sports Southwest.

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