[8:00 PM] Blackhawks @ Stars

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Blackhawks (7-3-1)

@ Dallas Stars (4-4-2)


Starting Goalies:

Corey Crawford (CHI): Confirmed

Antti Niemi (DAL): Likely


Current odds:

Chicago Blackhawks: (-110)

Dallas Stars: (+100)


Crawford, who has turned aside 162 of 167 shots in his past five starts, made 38 saves in a 4-0 win over Colorado on Thursday as Chicago improved to 5-0-1 in its last six. Veteran forward Artem Anisimov, who celebrated playing in his 500th NHL contest by notching an assist to extend his career-high point streak to nine games.

Dallas snapped a three-game skid with a 6-2 shellacking of St. Louis on Thursday. Veteran goaltender Antti Niemi turned aside 28 shots versus the Blues and carries a 3-0-0 mark at home with a 2.00 goals-against average and .937 save percentage into a date with his former team.

Coach Joel Quenneville’s decision to shuffle veteran Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane toward different lines last week was meant to spark the reigning Hart Trophy winner, but instead the 37-year-old Hossa has been on fire of late. Hossa, who was limited to a career-low 13 goals last season, scored twice against the Avalanche and has four goals in his last four games.

Tyler Seguin set up Dallas’ first four goals for a career high-tying four assists on Thursday and looks to continue his hot stretch against Chicago. The 24-year-old erupted for two goals and three assists in his last three encounters with the Blackhawks and has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 15 career meetings.

The Stars thwarted all three short-handed situations on Thursday after yielding nine power-play goals in their previous eight contests.


StreakSmarts Pick: Dallas Stars

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick