Stars vs. Blackhawks Prediction
The Stars will seek their fourth win over Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks tonight when the two rivals meet in their regular season series finale tonight at 8:30PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are -135 money line favorites over the Stars, who have odds of +115 for tonight’s game. The total, meanwhile, currently sits at 5.5 goals.
Chicago has been dreadful against Western Conference teams that currently hold a spot in the postseason, posting a 0-7-2 record in its last nine games versus those opponents. The Blackhawks have also won just six of their last 17 games while the Stars have won back-to-back games while outscoring their opponents (NY Islanders and Tampa Bay) by a combined 7-3 score.
That said, it’s difficult to beat an opponent three times in one season, nevertheless four times in one year. Perhaps Scott Darling, who will start tonight in net while Corey Crawford deals with an upper body injury, will help the Hawks get out of their recent funk. Patrick Sharp will also return after he missed the March 11 game between these two teams due to an injury.
When the total has been set at 5.5 for home games, the Blackhawks are 7-1 this season. Look for them to make it 8-1 after tonight.
TUESDAY NHL FREE PICK: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -135