Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars Prediction, 12/18/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks (11-15-2) are headed to American Airlines Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Dallas Stars (13-11-2).
The Chicago Blackhawks will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 5-4 victory against the Capitals in their last contest. The Blackhawks had a good offensive performance in the win. In the outing, they were able to notch a goal on 5 of the 28 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 6 power play opportunities and were able to net 3 goals. Chicago accumulated 12 minutes in the box in this matchup.
Chicago Blackhawks opponents have tallied 77 power play tries (22nd in pro hockey) and have scored 16 goals in those attempts. The Blackhawks have had 884 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .898. Chicago has taken 784 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.2%. While at even strength, the Blackhawks have given up 74 goals while getting 47 of their own. Chicago has compiled 88 power play chances and they have added 17 goals out of those attempts, earning them a rate of 19.32%. For the current campaign, they have earned 24 points and their points % is .429. In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the Chicago Blackhawks have accumulated 64 goals (29th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have surrendered 90.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Marc-Andre Fleury. For his career, Fleury has accounted for 414 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .555. His save percentage is at .913 during his 52,199 minutes on the ice. Fleury has had 25,595 shot attempts against him and he has 23,374 saves. Opponents have been able to score 2,221 goals against Fleury in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.55. He has an overall mark of 501-286-82 and he has gotten the start in 746 games. Fleury has participated in 902 contests during his hockey career.
In their last contest, Dallas played the Blues in a game where the Stars took the defeat by a mark of 4-1. The Stars netted 1 goal of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this contest but were not able to net one.
The Stars are sitting with 50 goals at even strength and 19 goals (8th in hockey) while on the power play. Dallas has tried 771 shots (29th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.95%, while allowing the opposition 802 shots. Over the course of the season, the Dallas Stars have a total of 69 goals, 28 points, in addition to a points percentage of .538. They have earned 71 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 26.76%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 81.25% on their opponents 80 chances on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 90.9%. They have permitted 73 goals to be scored by of a combination of 58 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you will find Braden Holtby in the crease. Teams are averaging 2.58 goals per contest and he has conceded 1,241 goals altogether. Holtby's rate of quality starts comes out to 57.3% and he has accumulated 282 quality starts in his professional career. He has started in 492 contests and has been on the ice for 28,865 mins. Holtby has compiled a career mark of 294-139-50 and has played in 503 games. He has a tally of 13,344 saves out of the 14,585 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save % of .915.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas
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