Dallas Stars (33-26-11) at Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-15)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 25, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -210 / Dallas Stars +190 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Stars head into Chicago looking for their second win in as many nights as they took down the Winnipeg Jets in Dallas last night.
Dallas has had a rollercoaster ride of a two week stretch after facing the Rich Peverley incident only to respond with some pivotal victories and disappointing losses but all things considered they have to be happy with where they are at the moment. The Stars head into Tuesday’s game against the Hawks sitting in ninth place in the Conference after posting back to back victories and are just three points back of the Coyotes for the final playoff spot. The Stars have received some special efforts this season from the likes of Jamie Benn and Kari Lehtonen but undoubtedly the team’s MVP has been Tyler Seguin who has totally reinvigorated his game after moving to Dallas in the offseason. Seguin has to be having one of the quietest high point productions in recent memory which can be attributed to Dallas’ market or their lackluster record but his play is something that hockey and sports fans alike should savour and take in.
The Blackhawks continue to be one of the best teams in the league and while it is unlikely they will catch the Blues for the division lead they have a great shot at catching the Pacific division runner up for third, which would put them in a more favourable matchup in the first round. Chicago is loaded at both ends of the rink and while some red flags have been raised in goal as some skeptic don’t think Corey Crawford is the answer but he has more than lived up to the billing and is one of the more underrated goalies in the game and playing with added incentive is never good for opponents. Dallas is the more desperate team here but they are playing in a back to back which I don’t like for them here especially against a well rested Blackhawks team playing on home ice looking to chase down the rest of the pack.