Play Stars +1.5 vs. Blackhawks for Maximum NHL Betting Value

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:59 PM GMT

Our NHL tipster will be taking a look at Sunday’s game between Dallas and Chicago. Join us in reading his insightful NHL betting preview article on this contest which culminates with a puck-line pick.

Stars in the Windy City on Sunday
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Dallas Stars in on Sunday. The opening faceoff is slated for 6:05 PM ET. I’ll be concentrating my NHL handicapping efforts toward the puck-line in this game. That will be the point of emphasis pertaining to this Central Division clash when making one of my top NHL picks for today. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Chicago is -1.5 (+120) and Dallas +1.5 (-140) on the puck-line.

 

Tale of the Tape
There’s no doubt that the biggest flaw of this Dallas Stars this season has been their shoddy defensive play. However, there’s also no denying that Dallas has the capability of being a dynamic offensive team on most nights. As a matter of fact, the Stars have averaged a robust 3.7 goals per game during their previous thirteen contests. They’ve gone 10-6 in the last sixteen games, and four of their last five losses have come by exactly one goal.

The Chicago Blackhawks are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the Western Conference. However, they’ve been stuck in mediocrity during the past few weeks. The Hawks are just 3-4 in the last seven, and 8-7 in their previous fifteen games. They’re coming off a 4-2 home loss on Friday night versus the Winnipeg Jets, and that marked their third defeat in the last five home games.

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Final Handicapping Analysis
The Dallas Stars have lost their last two meetings this season to the Blackhawks by scores of 5-4 and 6-2. The Stars are also coming off a 5-4 home win over the Washington Capitals last night. When taking all three of these results into account, recent NHL betting history strongly supports the road team in this exact situation. Considering the puck-line NHL pick price on the road team is very reasonable, it will give us additional value in that regard.

Any road team (Dallas) that’s playing with same season double revenge stemming from two losses in which they allowed three goals or more in each contest, and they’re coming off a home one goal win in their previous game, has seen the road team go 44-24 (64.7%) during the past five seasons. The road team had a +0.5 goal per game differential in those sixty eight games.

Free NHL Pick: Play on Dallas +1.5 (-140) over Chicago on the puck-line at Bookmaker