NHL Picks: Stars vs. Hawks

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 12:41 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 12:41 PM GMT

The Blackhawks host the Stars at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday. Our handicapper shows us the most profitable NHL odds for our sports picks.

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -200 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Chicago is 6-0 in their last 6-games versus Dallas, including winning both encounters this season. These two clubs have seen 8 of their last 9 meetings in Chicago all go over the total.

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Home for the Hawks

Chicago finally returns home after a grueling 7-game in 12-day road trip. The trip was a huge success with the Hawks winning 6 of the 7-games, including the last 6 in a row. They held their last 5 opponents to 2-goals or less in each game. The Hawks have been lights out at home as well, losing just 1 of their first 13-games during regulation time at the United Center this season, and have earned 21 of 26 possible points. Chicago will now play 15 of their next 23-games at home. Entering tonight they’re the top scoring team in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game. If they do have a flaw it’s with their penalty killing unit. The Hawks are currently 28th in the NHL in that category allowing opponents to convert on 25.3% of their power play chances.

The Stars aren’t Shining Very Brightly

Dallas went through a torrid 6-1 stretch from 11/3 through 11/17. During that hot spell all 6 of those wins came on the road. Unfortunately since then they’ve dropped 4 of their last 5, including their last 2 which each coming via an overtime shootout. Dallas has gone through a bit of a dry spell in the goal scoring department. They’ve scored 2-goals or less in 5 of their last 6-games. Kari Lehtonnen has done a very nice job in goal for Dallas this season. In 19 starts Lehtonen has posted a stellar 2.18 GAA and a solid .926 save percentage. The Stars have earned 24 of 38 possible points this season when Lehtonen starts in goal.

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NHL Totals Angle

Any team that comes off 3 or more road wins in a row, and has a winning record on the season, versus an opponent with a losing record has seen 33 of those 46-games (71.7%) go under the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year. Take the UNDER for your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Stars/Blackhawks to go under the total of 5.5

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