Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Blackhawks versus the Stars? The puck drops at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The over/under for this Central division contest is set at 6 goals, with the Stars being the favored team playing at home against the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS VS DALLAS STARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Dallas Stars -1.5
This game will be played at American Airlines Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.
WHY BET THE DALLAS STARS:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Blackhawks.
- We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+283)
- The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can The Blackhawks Secure a Road Victory?
This season, the Blackhawks currently hold an overall record of 11-22-1. When playing on the road, Chicago has a 4-13-0 record, while they are 7-9-1 at home. Their current record places them 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference.
Regarding the puck line, Chicago comes in with a 16-18 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 6-11, while their home record is 10-7. The average goal total for Chicago’s games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 14-18-2.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Chicago has an puck line record of 0-3 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.
For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, which is 30th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blackhawks offense is 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the NHL.
Chicago’s current leading scorer is Connor Bedard. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 28th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 17 assists so far.
The Stars defense is currently 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Dallas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Petr Mrazek has started 20 games this season. His current record stands at 9-11, and his save percentage is 0.9090909090909091%.
Is a Home Win Possible for the Stars?
Through 33 games, the Stars have achieved an overall record of 20-9-4. When on the road, Dallas holds a 10-4-3 record, while they are 10-5-1 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 3rd spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 6th in the Western conference.
Regarding the puck line, Dallas comes in with a 11-22 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 7-10, while their home record is 4-12. The average goal total for Dallas’ games is sitting at 6.6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Stars come in with an over/under record of 20-13-0.
In their last three games at home, the Stars have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
On offense, the Stars are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 25th in the league. The Stars went 11-6 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 9-3.
Dallas’ leading goal scorer is Joe Pavelski. So far this season, he has 13 goals, placing him 53rd in the NHL. Pavelski also comes into the game with 18 assists.
In terms of defense, the Stars head into the game ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Dallas. So far, they are 27th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Goalie Scott Wedgewood gets the start and has made 12 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-2, and his save percentage is 0.5707070707070707%.