National Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Chicago Blackhawks grapple with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. These teams have split the first two meetings this year. Chicago enters this game at 26-34 on the year while the Stars come in at 35-25 so far.
Blackhawks Top Preds In OTThe Chicago Blackhawks are having another rough season and they are in the basement of the Central Division with a 27-38 record. Chicago has been struggling mightily of late but they are off of a nice 2-1 OT win. The Blackhawks had lost seven of their previous eight games, so it was a nice win for them and despite their struggles, they are just six points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference. Despite that, they still need to start playing better on a more consistent basis. The Blackhawks also need their offense to get better. they have scored a total of 25 goals in their last 10 games and eight of those goals came in one game. Scoring in the win over the Preds was Alex DeBrincat, who scored both goals and now has 16 on the year. The game-winner came with just 58 seconds left in OT.
Grabbing the win was Corey Crawford who stopped 42 of the 43 shots that he faced to improve to will get the nod in this one and he has gone 11-19 with a 2.82 GAA on the year, while out on the road he has gone 6-9 with a 2.78 GAA. in his career, he has gone 118-110 with a 2.56 GAA on the road and 36-28 with a 2.40 GAA during the month of February, plus 17-12 with a 2.72 GAA against the Stars.
The Blackhawks enter this game ranked 20th in the league in scoring at 2.92 gpg and 31st in power-play conversions at 14.1% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 22nd in the league in goals allowed at 3.13 gpg and 9th in penalty kill at 82.1%.
The Stars Are Feeling The BluesThe St Louis Blues, that is. The Dallas Stars had been playing very well and at one point, they had taken over the top spot in the Central Division. The Blues have since taken back the lead in the division and after Dallas lost their them in their last game, the Stars have dropped to 3rd place and four points out of first. Despite the loss, Dallas has still won five of their last seven games and if the postseason started today, they would have the 6th seed in the West. The Stars are in good shape for the postseason as they have an eight-point lead over Arizona, who is in the 9th spot. Dallas has struggled on offense this year but they have been a bit better of late, averaging 3.10 gpg over their last ten games. The offense good have a good showing against a Chicago team that has struggled in the crease this year. Scoring in the loss to the Blues was Jamie Oleksiak, which was his 3rd of the year.
Grabbing the win was Ben Bishop, who allowed four goals on 13 shot attempts to fall to 21-17 with a 2.45 GAA on the year, including 13-11 with a 2.19 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 137-78 with a 2.18 GAA in his home games and 35-20 with a 2.17 GAA during the month of February, plus 8-3 with a 2.22 GAA against the Blackhawks.
The Stars enter this game ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 2.67 gpg and 13th in power-play conversions at 21.2% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 3rd in the league in goals allowed at 2.56 gpg and 14th in penalty kill at 81.0%.
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