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Blackhawks vs. Stars - 1/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Dallas Stars (19-17-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (28-14-2)
Date & Time Sunday January 18, 2015, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -240 / Dallas Stars +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSSW, WGN
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NHL | Dallas Stars (19-17-7) at Chicago Blackhawks (28-14-2)
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The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks square off Sunday night at the United Center.

The Dallas Stars are trying to get back on track by winning two of their last three games. The Stars are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have scored two power play goals in their last seven games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 27 goals, Jamie Benn has 24 assists and Antoine Roussel has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Stars are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Anders Lindback has allowed 29 goals on 232 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 104 goals on 1,076 shots.

The Chicago Blackhawks are hanging around in the Central and have split their last 10 games. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have zero power play goals in their last three games and have yet to lose this season when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 20 goals, Jonathan Toews has 26 assists and Brandon Saad has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Corey Crawford has allowed 60 goals on 781 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 19 goals on 289 shots.

The Stars are 16-48 in their last 64 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-9 in their last 10 Sunday games. The Blackhawks are 12-3 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-15 in their last 52 Sunday games. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 1-11 in the last 12 meetings overall.

The Blackhawks have flat out had the Stars number for a few years and that shouldn't change with Dallas coming off a tough game Saturday night. Take Chicago and the spread to give you more value for your buck. 

Pick:
Chicago Blackhawks -1.5

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