The Dallas Stars (11-5-3) play host to the Chicago Blackhawks (6-9-3), who will be looking to halt their losing streak, at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. Chicago is coming off a high-scoring 5-3 loss against the Penguins on Sunday, their fourth straight defeat. Jujhar Khaira, Philipp Kurashev, and Patrick Kane each scored once for the Blackhawks.
Arvid Soderblom only had 20 saves on 24 shots against (.833%) in the loss. Dallas fell 3-2 (SO) to the Avalanche on Monday. Jason Robertson scored twice in regulation to lead the Stars. Jake Oettinger had a great performance with 33 saves (.942%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Stars won all three games between the teams last season, including a 6-4 victory in their final meeting in April, their fourth straight win against Chicago. Roope Hintz led Dallas with three points (1G 2A). Kirby Dach (1G 1A) and Kane (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Chicago. Oettinger got the win, saving 36 of 40 shots (.900%).
Chicago is averaging 2.44 goals per game for the season, worst in the NHL, and they are taking on a Stars team that is allowing 2.68 goals a game (6th). Meanwhile, Dallas has found the net 3.84 times a game on average, second in the league, and the Blackhawks are allowing opponents to score 3.39 goals per game (24th).
Chicago averages fewer shots (25.8) than any other team in the league. Dallas has proven up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 5 with a team save percentage of .919%. Look for several power play opportunities for the Blackhawks, as the Stars have been penalized 4.95 times a game, fifth-most in the NHL, for an average of 11.47 minutes (ninth-highest).
The visitors are averaging 4.33 penalties (13th) and 10.94 penalty minutes a game (12th). The Stars’ 29.63% power play percentage is the fourth-best in the league, while the Blackhawks rank 14th with a conversion rate of 21.05%. In terms of penalty killing, Dallas has the league’s sixth-ranked PK% at 82.93%, while Chicago is 23rd at 75.38%.
With 14 points this season, Kane is the top skater for the Blackhawks. He has three goals and 11 assists in 18 games. In the net, Alex Stalock (3-2-1) is Chicago’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.93 GAA and a .914% save percentage. Robertson leads the Stars in scoring with 29 points (6th in the league).
He has 14 goals (3rd in the league) and 15 assists. Oettinger (7-2-1) has the best goals against average for Dallas at 2.21, fourth-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .927%, fifth-best.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is 2-4-2 away from home this season. Dallas is 5-2-1 at home this season.
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Dallas Stars -1.5 (-115)
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