Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/2/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Dallas Stars vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Stars (-225) Blackhawks (+188)
The Chicago Blackhawks (21-34-5) host the Dallas Stars (31-16-13) at United Center on Thursday. The moneyline on this matchup has Dallas at -225 while Chicago is sitting at +188. The over/under comes in at 7.
The Dallas Stars will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-4 defeat against the Canucks in the last game they played. The Stars had a good offensive outing and it showed in the loss. In the game, they scored on 4 out of the 38 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 5 power play tries and were able to score 1 goal. Dallas accounted for 6 minutes in the box in this matchup.
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When playing at even strength, the Stars have conceded 124 goals while getting 151 on offense. Dallas Stars opponents have tallied 190 power play opportunities (14th in professional hockey) and have a total of 32 goals in those attempts. Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Dallas Stars have earned 192 goals (14th in the NHL) this year and have given up 156. Dallas has taken 1,939 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.9%. For the season, they have 75 points and their points % is .625. The Stars have had 1,868 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .916. Dallas is sitting with 182 power play chances and they have tallied 41 goals out of those advantages, giving them a percentage of 22.53%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Scott Wedgewood. Over the course of his time in hockey, Wedgewood has compiled 40 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .476. His save percentage sits at .907 for his 5,318 minutes played. Wedgewood has had 2,930 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 2,658 saves. Opponents have been able to score 272 goals versus Wedgewood in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 3.07. He has compiled an overall record of 30-41-17 and got the start in 84 games. Wedgewood has participated in 95 contests throughout his professional hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Chicago faced the Coyotes in an outing where the Blackhawks took the loss by a final of 4-1. The Blackhawks netted 1 goal of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one but were not able to net one.
Chicago has put up 1,620 shots (31st in the NHL) and has a shot percentage of 9.14%, while allowing the opposition 2,030 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 76.57% on their oppositions 175 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.4%. They have a total of 174 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.82%. The Blackhawks have accumulated 117 goals at even strength and 31 goals (26th in the league) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 215 goals to be scored by way of 174 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they had less men on the ice. During this campaign, the Chicago Blackhawks have earned a total of 148 goals, 47 points, as well as a points percentage of .392.
For the opposition you are going to see Petr Mrazek in net. Opponents are averaging 2.75 goals per contest and he has surrendered 828 goals overall. Mrazek's quality start rate comes out to 50.0% and he has 148 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 296 games and his ice time sits at 18,090 mins. Mrazek is the owner of a career mark of 148-118-33 and has been in goal for 323 games. He has compiled 8,099 saves out of the 8,927 shots taken, giving him a save % of .907.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Dallas (-225)
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