Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (12-9-4) at Dallas Stars (14-10-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -125 / Chicago Blackhawks +113 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, FSSW
The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars meet Saturday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Artem Anisimov leads Chicago with 12 goals, Patrick Kane has 17 assists and Jonathan Toews has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 46 goals on 660 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 18 goals on 187 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
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The Dallas Stars look to keep the puck rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 12 goals, John Klingberg has 18 assists and Jamie Benn has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 52 goals on 581 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 15 goals on 146 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-11 in their last 13 vs. Central. The Stars are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 13-3 in their last 16 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blackhawks are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Dallas, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
It's hard to beat a good team twice in a couple of days, but the Stars are playing better hockey right now than the Blackhawks, and they've been one of the top home teams in the league this season. The Blackhawks have been hit or miss as of late and haven't been able to get consistent stops on the defensive end. I'll lay the cheap price with the Dallas Stars on their home ice.