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#57 Chicago Blackhawks 5.5 vs.
#58 Dallas Stars -195
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:05pm EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Written by David Hess

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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 OT

The 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 Blues

The 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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I have to go with the Stars in this one. The Blackhawks are off of a nice win over the Preds but they are still just 2-7 in their last nine games overall and just 14-17 on the road for the year. Dallas has been a strong home team at 18-12 so far and Ben Bishop has been a strong goalie in his career at home. He is off of a very bad start against the Blues at home and I will look for him to rebound in this one, against a Chicago team that has scored just 25 goals in their last 10 games with eight of those goals coming on one game. Bishop is also 8-3 with a 2.22 GAA against Chicago in his career. It all adds up to a Dallas win in this one.

Prediction: Dallas -192

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Dallas has not been a great offensive team this year and they have averaged just 2.60 gpg here at home for the year. Chicago has not been a good offensive team of late as they have scored just 25 goals in their last 10 games and eight of those goals came in one game. they will not get a lot of goals in this one against a Dallas team that has allowed just 2.27 gpg at home. Bishop is off of a horrible outing at home against the Blues but he still has a 2.19 GAA here at home and a 2.22 GAA against Chicago in his career. Dallas home games have averaged just 4.87 gpg and the Under is 35-14-2 in Dallas' last 51 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game, plus 4-1 in the last five games between these teams here in Dallas.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.