The Dallas Stars (24-12-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (12-28-2) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. Both the Stars and Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Dallas Stars Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Stars have gone 24-12-5 and are in 4th place in the Western Conference. In their last ten games, Dallas has gone 5-5 and have gone 10-6 against divisional opponents.
When playing on the road this season, the Stars have gone 11-4-3 and have been favored in 38 of their 41 games. For the year, Dallas has been favored in 22 of their games and have gone 22-11-5 in those games. Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Stars have gone 15-12.
When favored, the Stars have gone 11-27 against the puck line this season, and they have an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. So far, Dallas has 13 one-goal wins and 11 wins by multiple goals.
On the road, the Stars have gone 8-10 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is +.7 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Dallas has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
Coming off a 6-3 loss at home to the Predators, the Stars are hoping to bounce back today. During the initial two periods, the Stars had trouble scoring on offense, but they turned things around by notching three goals in the third period. Of Dallas’ three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 22 shots on goal and had 21 giveaways.
Dallas went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Blackhawks have gone 8-10-1, and in the Western Conference, they are in 15th place. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone 2-8, and they have lost back-to-back games. Overall, the Blackhawks are 12-28-2.
Against the Central Division, Chicago has gone 3-12, and as the underdog, they have a record of 12-27-2. Over their last five games, the Blackhawks have gone 1-4, and in the Western Conference, they are in 8th place.
Chicago comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-22 and a puck line record of 12-7 at home. On the year, the Blackhawks have an average scoring margin of -1.4 goals per game.
So far, the team has had 22 losses by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals. In their last three games, the Blackhawks have gone 3-0 against the puck line and 8-2 in their last ten games at home.
Following a 2-1 loss on the road to the Jets, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. In terms of offense, the Blackhawks faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Jets, but they managed to score one time in the second period. Against Winnipeg, Chicago’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 21 shots on goal overall.
As underdogs, Chicago suffered a loss but still covered the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 5.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 3 goals.
Dallas Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Stars come in averaging 3.7 goals per game this season, which is 3rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 17th in the league. The Stars went 14-8 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-4.
This season, the over/under record for the Stars’ is 27-14-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 27 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.8 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
The Blackhawks come into the game scoring an average of 2.3 goals per game, putting them 30th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 29th in the league. Chicago’s offense comes into the game ranked 26th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
The Blackhawks’ over/under record this season is 17-23-2. Last season, they had 34 games failed to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games averaged 6.2 goals per game.
Dallas Team Defense
Defensively, the Stars are currently 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Dallas. They also are 20th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Blackhawks head into the game ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.4 shots per game against Chicago. So far, they are 24th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Stars vs Blackhawks Trends
- Through their last three road games, Dallas has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Blackhawks offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Chicago posted an overall record of 5-5 while going 8-2 ATS.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Chicago has an puck line mark of 5-5 while going 2-8 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Stars have an puck line record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.
If you’re considering a direct moneyline bet, the Stars is the choice to make. However, with a payout of -306, you might want to use this bet as a building block for a parlay.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Blackhawks to cover. Even if the Stars manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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