Dallas at Chicago -135 O/U 5.5
Two of the best in the Western Conference clash together in the Windy City tonight as the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars. These two clubs played last Saturday in Dallas with the Blackhawks blowing out the Stars 5-1. Note that Chicago was actually out-shot 37-26. Chicago has won six of the last 10 meetings but aside from Saturday's game, these clubs have played each other tight in some high-scoring battles. The over has cashed in seven of the last 10 meetings with an average of six goals per game. Dallas has gone 4-0 O/U in their last four games after a string of four straight unders while Chicago has gone 7-8-3 O/U in 18 division contests this year and 3-5-2 O/U in their last 10. The Stars were very vocal about how they were embarrassed by Saturday’s showing and after a solid 4-3 OT win on Tuesday in Minnesota, I expect more emphasis on the defensive end. The Hawks will also be without rookie sensation Artemi Panerin, who has been dealing with the flu. They could have another tough time scoring after being shutout -- their third time in eight games -- by San Jose 2-0 on Tuesday. Good situation for a lower scoring affair.