Two teams meeting for the first time this season, the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks collide at the United Center in a Central Division matchup. The action gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30, and fans at home can catch it live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks Odds
Chicago (+125) is currently the underdog to Chicago (-145), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).
Dallas is 13-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 24 regular season matches, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team this season, the Stars are 4-9 SU.
Dallas has converted on 23.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it has successfully killed off 83.5 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Stars have been penalized 4.5 times per game overall this season, 5.0 per game over its last five matchups total, and 4.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties 10.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games.
Averaging 25.5 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Ben Bishop (11-9) has been the top option in goal for Dallas this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, Dallas could roll with Kari Lehtonen (3-4-1), who has a .897 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this year.
Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Stars. Seguin (23 points) is up to 12 goals and 11 assists, and has recorded two or more points in six different games. Radulov has eight goals and 14 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 16 games).
On the other side of the ice, Chicago is 12-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 24 regular season outings, 12 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 6-5 SU as the home team.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties.
Chicago players have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Corey Crawford (29.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Blackhawks. Crawford has 11 wins, nine losses, and one OT loss to his name and has registered a sharp .933 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average this year.
Patrick Kane (nine goals, 16 assists) will pace the attack for the Hawks.
Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Over
- The under has hit in four of Chicago’s last five outings.
- Dallas has managed 31.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Chicago has been attempting 39.0 shots per game over its last five home outings.