Betting on today’s Blackhawks and Stars game? Catch the action at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, as the Stars hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on NBCS. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Stars are the home favorites against the Blackhawks in a Central division matchup.

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 Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE DALLAS STARS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blackhawks to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+286)
  • The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Does Chicago Stand a Chance on the Road?

Coming into their game vs. Stars, the Blackhawks have a 11-23-2 record. They hold a 7-9-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 4-14-1 on the road. In the Western Central division, they are currently 8th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 15th.

In terms of the puck line, Chicago posted a 17-18 record. On the road they are 7-11 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 10-7. Games involving Chicago have an average of 6.1 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blackhawks come in with a record of 15-18-2.

Through their last three road games, Chicago has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.

On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.5 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. The Blackhawks went 1-6 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-15.

Chicago’s current leading scorer is Connor Bedard. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 34th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 17 assists so far.

Defensively, the Stars are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Dallas. They also are 27th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Petr Mrazek gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-11, and his save percentage is 0.91%.

Can Dallas Grab a Win at Home?

Currently, the Stars hold an overall record of 21-9-4 for the season. On the road, Dallas has a 10-4-3 record, while they are 11-5-1 at their home venue. Their current record places them 3rd in the Western Central division and 5th in the Western conference.

Dallas is 11-23 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 7-10 compared to 4-13 at home. On average, Dallas’ games have finished with 6.6 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.1. In total, the Stars come in with an over/under record of 21-13-0.

Across their three previous home games, Dallas has an puck line mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Stars come in averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, which is 11th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. Dallas’ offense is currently ranked 20th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 5th in the league.

Dallas’ leading scorer is Joe Pavelski. So far, he has 14 goals which is 45th in the NHL. Pavelski also comes into the game with 19 assists.

Dallas defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Dallas. They alsso are 27th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Scott Wedgewood gets the start and has made 13 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-2, and his save percentage is 0.63%.