Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks - 2/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (18-24-7) vs Dallas Stars (26-19-2)

Game Info: Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +180 / Dallas Stars +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars in Friday NHL Action.

The Dallas Stars come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-19-2. Through 47 games, the Stars are 5th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 141 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Dallas is the 17th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.0 goals per game. So far, the Stars have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Dallas Stars with an overall record of 18-24-7. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 49 games, the Blackhawks have scored 120 goals, giving them an average of 2.39. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 24th ranked unit, giving up 3.31 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the Dallas Stars' leading goal scorer is Jason Robertson. With his 25 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 46. On the season, he is turning 19.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Stars have benefited from the strong play of Joe Pavelski, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Dallas's 47 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 16.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 15 Dallas's top goalie is Jake Oettinger, who is giving up an average of 2.49 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 11 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 49 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 28 goals and 12 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 40. On the season, he is turning 18.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 49 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.2%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -15.0 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.88 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Dallas' 47 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 24-21. Even though the team has covered the spread in more than half their games, their ATS record on the road is just 8-13. On the season, the Dallas Stars have a per-game scoring differential of -0.02. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they are losing road games by an average of -0.82 goals. However, they will benefit from taking on a Blackhawks unit with a 5 on 5 shooting percentage of just 6.3%, well below the NHL average. Look for Dallas to pick up the win over Chicago.

 

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