The Chicago Blackhawks (24-43-6) and their stifling penalty killing defense play host to the Dallas Stars (39-20-14), one of the league’s weakest power play offenses, at United Center on Tuesday. Dallas is coming off a 3-1 loss against the Canucks on Saturday.
Ryan Suter was the only player to find the net for the Stars. Matt Murray only had 21 saves on 24 shots against (.875%) in the loss.
Chicago dropped their fifth straight game, falling 4-2 to the Canucks on Sunday. Lukas Reichel and Connor Murphy each scored once for the Blackhawks. Petr Mrazek saved only 27 of 30 shots against (.900%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Stars have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent meeting on March 2. Roope Hintz led Dallas with three goals. Cole Guttman and Seth Jones were on the scoresheet for Chicago. Murray got the win, saving 19 of 21 shots (.904%).
Dallas is averaging 3.40 goals per game for the season, ninth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blackhawks team that is allowing 3.56 goals a game (25th).
Meanwhile, Chicago has found the net 2.42 times a game on average, 32nd in the league, and the Stars are allowing opponents to score 2.75 goals per game (8th).
Chicago averages fewer shots (26.7) than any other team in the league, while the team’s 9.2% shooting percentage is 29th. With an average of 32.2 attempts, Dallas ranks 11th. The Blackhawks’ 31st-ranked power play offense (15.74%) will face a tough test against the Stars, who are the league’s third-best penalty killing team (83.56%).
Dallas, meanwhile, has scored on 23.21% of their power play opportunities (8th), which the away team will be seeking to improve on against Chicago’s 22nd-ranked 76.08% penalty killing rate.
With 91 points this season, ninth-most in the NHL, Jason Robertson is the top skater for the Stars. He is among the league leaders with 41 goals (8th) and has added 50 assists.
In the net, Jake Oettinger (31-10-11) is Dallas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.50 GAA and a .917% save percentage.
Max Domi and Patrick Kane lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 49 and 45 points, respectively. Domi has 18 goals and 31 assists in 60 games, while Kane has 16 goals and 29 assists in 54 games.
Alex Stalock (9-11-1) has the best goals against average for Chicago at 2.80. He has a save percentage of .915%. Mrazek (8-20-3) has played the most games in net for the Blackhawks this season. He has a 3.62 GAA and a .895% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Dallas is 21-10-5 on the road this season. Chicago is 14-19-3 at home this season.
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Dallas Stars -1.5 (-115)
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