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Stars still a tough test for Hawks

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joel.jpgThey haven't been pretty, dominating wins. But the Dallas Stars have definitely gotten the better of Blackhawks so far this season.

The Stars have beaten the Hawks in both meetings this year, 4-3 on Oct. 17 and 5-4 on Dec. 29. Cristobal Huet lost the first game, and then was chased in the second after squandering the Hawks' lead. The Hawks host the Stars on Tuesday.

"They've got our number this year," winger Kris Versteeg said. "They've got a skilled team over there. And maybe we try to play too much their style."

Dallas is 26-21-11 with 63 points. They are 8-5-2 against teams in the Central Division. The Hawks, on the other hand, are a sub-par 5-6-2 against teams from the Pacific. Brad Richards leads the Stars with 17 goals and 63 points (one more than Hawks leader Patrick Kane).

The Hawks got the gritty 2-1 win Joel Quenneville was looking for against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, ultimately putting an end to the team's season-long three-game losing streak.

"We're a pretty confident team," Versteeg said. "We fix our mistakes pretty quickly and we catch on things pretty quickly as well.

"Our confidence has never been shaken or rattled or anything."


* Quenneville didn't run practice on Monday. Quenneville, general manager Stan Bowman and video coach Brad Aldrich attended services for Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto general manager Brian Burke. Brendan Burke was killed in a car accident Friday in Indiana.

* Assistant coach Mike Haviland was in charge Monday with Quenneville gone.

* There was no official announcement regarding who would start in net against the Stars Tuesday. But Antti Niemi made a strong case for himself Saturday with a stellar effort against the Blues in St. Louis. That and Huet has not been good against the Stars this season.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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