Dallas Stars (29-33-10) at Chicago Blackhawks (47-20-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 23, 2017, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -240 / Dallas Stars +214 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars faceoff with the Chicago Blackhawks in a huge NHL hockey bout on Thursday.
The Dallas Stars have earned the reputation for scoring plenty of goals so opponents have to outscore them or turn to their defense to at least control the scoreboard. The Stars did an about face on Monday night and leaned heavily on their own goaltending and defense and game up with a 1-0 victory versus the visiting San Jose Sharks. Kari Lehtonen came up huge between the pipes for Dallas as he brushed aside all 30 shots he saw to earn shutout number 36 of his career. The only goal of the game came at 14:54 of the middle frame on Curtis McKenzie’s tip in. For the Sharks, Aaron Dell absorbed the loss with no support to fall back on and the Pacific Division leaders dropped their third straight which has the team feeling a bit of pressure.
In professional sports I like to say there is no such thing as a sure win because at that level there is a fine line between the best teams and the worse teams. We saw that happen Tuesday when the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime at the United Center no less. Daniel Sedin won it at 2:12 of the extra session on his power play tally. Brandon Sutter paced the Canucks offense with a pair of goals with Reid Boucher and Henrik Sedin also scoring to make a winner of Ryan Miller and his 40 stop. The Blackhawks offense featured a pair of goals from Ryan Hartman with Richard Panik and Marian Hossa also scoring but Corey Crawford allowed four goals on ten shots and was replaced by Scott Darling.
The Stars are 1-10 in their last 11 vs. Central and the over is 8-1 in Stars last 9 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 8-1 in Stars last 9 games following a win. The Blackhawks are 0-6 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and the Blackhawks are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. Central while the under is 6-1-4 in Blackhawks last 11 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Stars are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago while the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Blackhawks and the over have been profitable in this match up and for now I’ll go with the over with goalies pending…