Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks Free Preview 2/8/18

Thursday, 02/08/2018 at 08:35 pm DALLAS (32-23) at  CHICAGO (24-30)
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Teams Line PF PA SU Units O/U/P SOG SHT % PP PP % SOG SHT % PP PP %
65DALLAS -125 3.1 2.6 32-23 1.8 29-24-2 1751 9.8 171 20.5% 1637 8.7% 190 17.9%
66CHICAGO 105 2.9 2.8 24-30 -10.75 23-28-3 1853 8.5 197 15.7% 1758 8.6% 164 17.7%

Last Updated: 2018-02-08

Squaring off for the fourth and final time this season, the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks collide at the United Center for a divisional matchup. The action gets started at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, and you can catch it live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds

With a -125 moneyline, Dallas enters the game as the favorite. The line for Chicago sits at +105, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -130 for the over and +110 for the under.

Dallas is 31-23 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 29 of its outings have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Stars are 12-14 SU.

Dallas has converted on 20.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of its penalties.

The Stars, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 3.2 per game over its last five outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 26.5 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Ben Bishop (22-19-3) has been the best option in goal for Dallas this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Dallas might turn to Kari Lehtonen (10-7-1 record, .919 save percentage, 2.22 goals against average).

Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Stars. Radulov (51 points) is up to 21 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 13 different games. Klingberg has six goals and 44 assists to his name (and has notched a point in 33 games).

Chicago is 24-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 53 regular season contests, 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 12-14 SU as the home team.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Chicago players have been penalized only 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their past five outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Corey Crawford has stopped 27.9 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Blackhawks. Crawford has 16 wins, 12 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has recorded a .929 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average this season.

The home team offense will be led by Patrick Kane (21 goals, 32 assists).

Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks Free Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Under


Betting Notes

Dallas (3-2 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Chicago fell short in its lone shootout this season.

The total has gone over in three of Chicago’s last five outings.

Dallas has managed 30.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Chicago has been attempting 35.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.

Chicago has managed just 2.3 goals per game (while giving up 3.7) over its three-game losing streak.

Seven of Dallas’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.

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