Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars Odds - Free Pick 2/6/2016
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to extend their lead over the Dallas Stars in the Central Division this Saturday night when these two division foes battle it out at the American Airlines Center. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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The Blackhawks needed overtime to get past Arizona this past Thursday in a 5-4 victory as -155 road favorites and they are now 2-1 heading into the final game of their current four-game road trip. On the year, Chicago has the most points (74) in the Western Conference with a record of 35-16-4 and it has gone 14-11-3 on the road. Before going OVER five against the Coyotes, the total had stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 13 of the Blackhawks' previous 15 games.
Chicago has been one of the best-balanced teams in the NHL this season with goal per game average of 2.8 complementing a defense that is allowing 2.3 goals per game. Jonathan Toews scored the game winning in overtime of Thursday's win and he now has 21 goals on the year. Patrick Kane remains the team's leading scorer with 31 goals and 44 assists. Goalie Corey Crawford has now allowed four or more goals in two of his last three starts, but his goals-against average is still just 2.1 on the year.
The Stars' 4-3 victory over Colorado on Thursday night also went to overtime and they have now won four of their last five games. They closed as -137 road favorites in that win and the total has gone OVER in their last two outings after staying UNDER in their previous four games. Dallas returns home for Saturday's clash with a 19-6 record on its home ice this season. It is currently three points in back of the Blackhawks for the lead in the Central Division.
Jamie Benn has had the hot hand for the Stars all season long with 28 goals and John Klingberg has a team-high 35 assists. Klingberg raised his goal total on the year to eight after scoring the game-winner on Thursday night. Dallas is the second-highest scoring team in the NHL with 3.3 goals a game and at the other end of the ice both Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen have split time in goal. Niemi has made the last five starts and his goals-against average during this span is 2.4.
The Blackhawks have won their last six division games and they are 8-3 in their last 11 games on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four games against a team with a winning record.
The Stars are 10-4 in their last 14 games against a division opponent, but they have lost their last five games played on Saturday. The total has stayed UNDER in their last five home games.
The home team in this Central Division clash has won four of the last five meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five games played in Dallas.
Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars Prediction
This should be a great battle between the top two teams in the West, but I am leaning towards Dallas to get the win as a slight favorite. The home team has had the edge in this matchup lately and in the only previous meeting this season the Stars rolled to a 4-0 victory on their home ice.