With their offense leading the way in victories over top-tier competition, the Chicago Blackhawks are feeling pretty good about the way the season has started.
The Dallas Stars haven't been quite as impressive, but they are also optimistic with the direction they're headed.
The high-powered Blackhawks look to open with a fourth straight win Thursday night when they visit a Stars team trying to build on an encouraging victory.
After emphatic wins over Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles and defending Pacific Division champion Phoenix, Chicago defeated the Central Division champs with a 3-2 victory over St. Louis in Tuesday's home opener. Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg all scored for the Blackhawks, who have opened with three wins for the first time since beginning 4-0-0 in 1972-73.
"There are a lot of positive things that you could look at our game right now and say we're doing things well in certain areas,'' captain Jonathan Toews said.
Their biggest strength is ...