Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars

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The Chicago Blackhawks are set in the Lone Star State to take on the Dallas Stars in the second of a two-game series. The Stars played spoiler in Patrick Kane’s 1,000th career game, coming away with the 6-1 win.

Stars Looking to Ignite With Series Sweep

Dallas comes into this game with a record of 8-8-5 and 21 points, which puts them at seventh place in the Central Division and 27th in the NHL. The Stars have only won three of their last eight games, so a sweep against Chicago would do wonders for their confidence.

The 6-1 win on Tuesday was a stellar look for a struggling Stars squad. They came at Chicago netminder Malcolm Subban with a 37-shot barrage and had six different goal-scorers in the contest. Roope Hintz, Joel Kirivanta, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak, and Joe Pavelski each came away with goals. Jason Robertson led the team in points in the game, tallying four assists. Pavelski leads the team with 24 points and 13 goals.

Anton Khudobin added another solid performance to his season. Despite his team’s struggles, he’s been a strong performer with a .916 save percentage and 2.46 GAA. He turned away 21 of 22 Chicago shots in this one to help secure the win.

The Stars score an average of 2.95 goals per game, and allow an average of 2.48 goals per game to opponents. Despite ranking near the bottom of the league in points, the Stars are eight in power play percentage at 26%, and in the middle of the pack at 16th for penalty kill, at 79.5%.

Chicago Hopes to Make 1,001 More Memorable for Kane

Patrick Kane played his 1,000th NHL game on Tuesday night in Dallas, a tremendous achievement for arguably the greatest American-born NHL player of all time. Kane’s having a tremendous season, but the Stars spoiled the occasion with a big win.

Dallas held Kane to just one shot on goal, and fellow offensive star Alex DeBrincat managed just three himself. Mattias Janmark was the lone goal scorer, with Lucas Carlsson and Calvin de Haan picking up assists. Kane leads the team in points with 38, which is second overall in the NHL behind Edmonton’s Mr. Personality Connor McDavid. Alex DeBrincat is 10th overall in the NHL with 28 points.

Chicago’s goaltending tandem has been solid, but not quite elite. Kevin Lankinen has a 9-4-4 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.76 GAA. Malcolm Subban is 4-3-1 with .907 and 3.04.

The Blackhawks are 12th in the NHL with 31 points, which puts them at fourth in a stacked Central Division. They score an average of 3.00 goals per game and allow an average of 3.11 goals per game to opponents. The excel on the power play, converting 30.4% of their chances, good enough for second in the league.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Chicago will look to avenge the rough loss on the night of their beloved Kane’s 1,000th game. Apart from that, Chicago is the better team. They capitalize on their chances better, ranking second in the league on the power play, and feature two of the NHL’s top scorers in Kane and DeBrincat.

It was heartwarming to see a struggling Dallas squad put together a well-rounded performance on Tuesday, but don’t expect more of that. Chicago wins.

Prediction:
Chicago +125

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The goaltending between these two teams is good, but we’re not talking about Fleury or Vasilevskiy here. Both sides are liable to give up at least enough goals to keep the game close. With well-defined offensive weaponry on Chicago, and a well-balanced Dallas attack that flexed its muscle the last time out, go with the over on this one.

Prediction:
Over 5.5