SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center. The Dallas Stars look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing five of their last seven games.
The Dallas Stars are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Roope Hintz leads Dallas with 21 goals, Joe Pavelski has 31 assists and Tyler Seguin has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Braden Holtby has allowed 58 goals on 658 shots faced, and Jake Oettinger has allowed 46 goals on 547 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 28 goals, Patrick Kane has 34 assists and Seth Jones has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 100 goals on 1,113 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 42 goals on 380 shots.
The Stars are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Stars last 11 road games. The under is 4-0-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The over is 23-4-1 in the last 28 meetings in Chicago and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
The Dallas Stars are playing their best hockey of the season, and they’ve done some of their best recent hockey on the road. The Chicago Blackhawks can’t string together wins, and being on the end of a back to back doesn’t help them here. The Blackhawks also aren’t taking care of business at home. You could argue this line should be a lot steeper. Give me the Stars and the cheap price.