It’s always a little exciting when the NHL schedule delivers a match-up between two of the best teams in the league, but it gets better yet when the game in question features a pair of team locked in an epic struggle for the division title. That is exactly what we all have to look forward to on Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks head into Dallas to face the Stars in a game that will open up a little bit of separation at the top of the Central Division. Everyone knew that this was the division to watch heading into the season, and it has certainly played out that way, with the defending Stanly Cup Champion Blackhawks having to battle for the top spot with the Stars and the Blues. The winner of this one will take sole possession of the top spot, so it’s all to play for in Dallas. This is a game that you really need to move on, so be sure to get your NHL online betting wagers on before the puck drops.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars Pro Hockey Odds Guide
When: Friday, March 11 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: CSNC and FSSW
Radio: WGN and KTXA
Live Stream: NHL Stream
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks (41-21-6) appeared to have a little bit of a Stanley Cup hangover at the start of this season, as it took them a little while to find their feet. They did have a number of roster changes to deal with, so perhaps it was just a matter of the new guys learning the system, which they have certainly done now. It has been Patrick Kane who has helped lead the charge for the Blackhawks, as the current points leader in the NHL has been nothing short of brilliant this season. The Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back after a tough OT loss to the Blues, and will most certainly be looking to improve upon their 5-3-2 record in the past 10 games. Chicago are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 2.4 GPG.
Why bet on the Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars (40-20-8) have been going through a bit of a sticky patch of late, and are only 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. They could potentially drop down to third place in the division with a loss to the Blackhawks, which in turn could put them in a less than desirable spot in the playoff standings. The winner of the Central will almost certainly have home ice advantage through to the Western Conference Final, so it’s not understating just how important this game is. The Stars have taken 2 of 3 from the Blackhawks this season, but those wins came when they were playing a much better brand of hockey than they are at the moment. The Stars are averaging 3.2 GPG, and are giving up 2.9 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
None of the 3 games that these two played against each other this season were very close affairs, but I believe this one will buck that trend. I like Chicago to get the win on the road in a game that could turn into a shootout.