Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Blackhawks -108 / Dallas Stars -108
TVA, NBCS-Chicago, FS-West+
The Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Friday night.
The Dallas Stars will look to build on a 6-2 win over Philadelphia in their last outing. Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell scored 2:40 apart to stake the Stars an early 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Philadelphia would tie the game just after the midway point of the 2nd period, but Dallas would storm back as Alex Radulov and Tyler Pitlick would score 2:01 apart to take a 4-2 lead. Blake Comeau would make it 5-2 and Radulov would score his 2nd goal of the game just :10 later to make it the 6-2 score line that would hold up until the finish. Anton Khudobin got the win to improve to 16-16-5 after stopping 32 of 34 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to finish strong after taking a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period. St. Louis would tie the game early in the 2nd, but Chicago would restore their lead by the end of the 2nd. Patrick Kane pushed the lead to 3-1 early in the 3rd, but the Blues would pulled one back just :46 later and tie the game in the final minute. Overtime solved nothing between the two sides, so it was off to the shootout where Toews found the back of the net as the lone shooter to score, giving Chicago the extra point in the win. Cam Ward got the win to improve to 15-11-4 after stopping 37 of 40 shots faced in the winning effort.
Dallas is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
It’s hard to pick a side between two teams that really have nothing to play for, as Chicago is out and Dallas is in. However, Chicago stepped up their play a lot down the stretch, and while the team didn’t play well for a large stretch of the season, the fans still showed up to support the team. I think Chicago will come out firing here in their last home game of the season to send the fans home happy, so I’ll side with the Blackhawks at home in this one.