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Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
When and Where: Saturday, March 9, American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, 8 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars continue their fight for a playoff spot and seek a fifth straight victory Saturday night in a Central Division showdown versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks may be out of race but continue to entertain
Chicago (28-30-9) is all but certain to miss the playoffs for a second straight season but did avoid a third consecutive defeat Thursday night with a 5-4 shootout win over Buffalo.
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Artem Anisimov and Brendan Perlini scored third-period goals to help Chicago erase a pair of one-goal deficits before Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Alex DeBrincat all converted in the shootout while Corey Crawford needed to stop just 1 of 2 breakaways.
“He seems to have a little life, a little more energy,” Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton told the Chicago Tribune about Perlini, who has three goals in his last three games. “He’s got to find a way to get himself going because he can be dynamic. Obviously, he’s a great skater and he’s big and he’s got skill. He can shoot the puck. That’s a pretty nice package.
“The last few games he’s shown a little more jam (and) a little more willingness to get involved and win races and win puck battles. Then it’s no coincidence he’s going to produce.”
Kane had a pair of assists as he moved four points shy of his second 100-point season in his career. He is also four assists shy of his career high of 60 set in his career-best 106-point season in 2015-16. Kane has 26 goals and 29 assists in 46 lifetime games versus the Stars and had two goals and an assist in Chicago’s 5-2 win at Dallas on Dec. 20.
Crawford is expected to start once more for the Blackhawks, seeking his third win in four starts after missing 28 games with a concussion. He has not faced the Stars this season and is 15-11-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average lifetime versus Dallas.
Streaking Stars continue to hold top wild-card spot in West
Dallas (35-25-7) is four points clear of ninth-place Arizona with 15 games remaining as play begin Friday night with the Stars in the top wild-card spot and also three points behind St. Louis for third in the Central Division.
The Stars are trying to match their season high for consecutive wins — set in a five-game run from Jan. 19 to Feb. 4 — after Ben Bishop posted his second straight shutout in Thursday night’s 4-0 victory over Colorado.
Dallas also got a hat trick for the second straight contest as Alexander Radulov picked up where Jamie Benn left off, reaching the 20-goal mark with his empty-netter that capped the scoring with 2:58 left. Benn added his 25th of the season early in the third period, giving him six goals in his last four home games.
"It doesn't matter who gets the credit, the whole team battled and it's a huge two points for us."
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 8, 2019
Radulov had a goal and an assist as Dallas squandered a three-goal lead before winning 4-3 at Chicago on Feb. 24. He has six goals and 12 assists in 24 lifetime matchups with the Blackhawks.
Should he get the start, Bishop will carry a 144-minute and 20-second shutout streak into this contest and has not yielded a goal since Alex Pietrangelo scored St. Louis’ lone goal in a 4-1 Dallas victory last Saturday. Bishop, who made 31 saves against the Avalanche, has made 69 saves during his seven-period shutout streak.
The Stars are:
- 5-0 in their last five games vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 4-1 in their last five games as favorites between -151 to -200.
- 7-2 in their last nine after allowing two or fewer goals in the previous game.
- The under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 home games.
- The under is 10-2 in their last 12 games as favorites.
- The under is 16-5-5 in their last 26 games after allowing two or fewer goals in the previous game.
The Blackhawks are:
- 6-13 in their last 19 games after scoring five or more goals in the previous game.
- 1-5 in their last six games vs. the Stars.
- 8-20 in their last 28 games as road underdogs between +110 to +150.
- No trends of note.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Stars are playing some of their best hockey at the most important time of the season, with Radulov’s return after being benched a game for being late to Tuesday morning’s skate prior to the game versus the New York Rangers. But this game will also come down to the goaltenders, and Bishop has enough momentum to propel Dallas to a fifth straight win.
Prediction: Pick: Stars -175
Full-Game Total Pick
There are no “under” trends for the Blackhawks because the over has covered in an astounding 16 consecutive games and in 23 of the last 24. That is in large part due to Chicago’s top two lines as Kane, Toews, and DeBrincat have piled up 105 goals among them.
But the Hawks are running into a hot goaltender in Bishop and trying to clear seven goals is a much higher bar than six or even 6.5 goals. Dallas also given up more than three goals just once in its last eight games, and the teams have scored seven or fewer goals in the last seven meetings between the teams.
Prediction: Pick: UNDER 7 goals
Full-Game Prop Bet
The hedge is the Stars win this game 4-3, and there is nothing to be gained from picking the Blackhawks over/under at three goals unless you’re going in the opposite direction with Chicago and the over. This is a confidence pick in Bishop doing just enough and the Stars scoring just enough.
Prediction: Pick: Stars OVER 3.5 goals
Half-Time Side Pick
The discrepancies in both scoring and defending as it pertains to the opposition in this matchup border on astounding. Dallas is last in the NHL with 33 first-period goals while Chicago is also last in the league in giving up goals in the opening 20 minutes with 90 — 14 more than the second-closest team.
The Stars have also yielded just 44 first-period goals — second-fewest — while the Blackhawks are fifth with 73 goals scored. The teams traded 2-0 leads at the first intermission in their two meetings this season, but with Dallas’ lack of scoring, taking the half-goal and the Blackhawks feels the better play.
Prediction: Pick: Blackhawks +0.5 goals (-170)
Half-Time Total Bet
The Blackhawks have cleared 1.5 goals in 14 of their last 19 games, and the Stars have scored seven first-period goals in their last six games, a run that started with the two at the United Center in the most recent contest.
Prediction: Pick: OVER 1.5 goals (-185)