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Stars open as moneyline underdog vs Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks

Dallas Stars
10-2-4 November 09, 2013, 08:00 PM | American Airlines Center 8-6-2

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Chicago duelling Dallas on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

The Stars sport a record of 8-6-2 heading into this matchup, while the Blackhawks sit at 10-2-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-6-1 for the Stars and 6-10 for the Blackhawks.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Blackhawks listed earlier today as favorites of -131 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

The Stars - Blackhawks odds would favor the Blackhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Dallas is rated No. 24 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 4.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -270 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Stars were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Dallas at +135 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 17-ranked offense (2.75 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.69 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 13.46% rate while the Blackhawks have a 74.42% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago at Edmonton, Sunday, November 10th
Dallas at Edmonton, Wednesday, November 13th