Blackhawks vs. Stars Prediction - NHL Picks 12/31/23

Dallas Stars (20-9-4) vs Chicago Blackhawks (11-22-1)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Stars -375 / Chicago Blackhawks +290 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Sunday night. Can Chicago exact revenge in the rematch of the back-to-back? Or will the Stars sweep the Blackhawks? Let’s dive in and find out with our Blackhawks vs. Stars Prediction.

Chicago Blackhawks Team Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this one looking to rebound from a 5-4 OT loss to the Stars in the first meeting on Friday. Connor Bedard leads the Blackhawks with 32 points including a team-high 15 goals along with a team-high 17 assists while Philipp Kurashev has 21 points with 6 goals and 15 assists. Jason Dickinson has 18 points with 12 goals and 6 assists and Nick Foligno also has 17 points with 8 goals and 9 assists. Petr Mrazek has gone 9-11-1 with a 3.07 GAA and an .907 save percentage in goal for the Blackhawks while Arvid Soderblom is 2-11-1 with a 4.15 GAA and an .870 save percentage this season.

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost each of their last eight Sunday games.
  • The Blackhawks have covered the puck line in each of their last six night games at American Airlines Center after coming off overtime.
  • The Blackhawks have won the first period in each of their last four games.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in three of the Blackhawks' last four games after coming off overtime.

Dallas Stars Team Preview

The Dallas Stars come into this one looking to sweep the back-to-back set with Chicago after the win on Friday. Jason Robertson leads the Stars in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 23 assists while Joe Pavelski has 33 points with a team-high 14 goals and 19 assists. Roope Hintz has 32 points with 14 goals of his own and 18 assists and Matt Duchene has 29 points with 18 assists. Miro Heiskanen has 24 points with 20 assists as well this season. Jake Oettinger has posted an 11-7-2 record in goal for Dallas with a 2.93 GAA and a .901 save percentage while Scott Wedgewood is 10-2-2 with a 3.06 GAA and a .902 save percentage. The Stars will take on the Canadiens after this game.

Dallas Stars Team Facts

  • The Stars have lost four of their last five games as home favorites following an overtime win.
  • The Stars have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last 13 home games against Western Conference opponents.
  • The Stars have won the first period in each of their last four games against the Blackhawks after coming off overtime.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Stars' last eight home games.

Blackhawks vs. Stars Prediction

I’m backing the Stars here -1.5. The Blackhawks hanging around in the first meeting was nice and the Stars aren’t going to blow everyone away, but the Blackhawks are starting to fall back into the lower end of the NHL’s tiers and Dallas is looking more and more like a cup contender with each passing day. All in all, I think this ends up being a one-sided Stars win. Give me Dallas.

Chris’s Pick Dallas -1.5

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