Dallas visits Chicago after Pavelski’s 2-goal game
Dallas Stars (26-19-2, fifth in the Central) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (18-25-7, seventh in the Central)
Chicago; Friday, 8:30 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blackhawks +118, Stars -140; over/under is 5.5
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Blackhawks host Dallas after Joe Pavelski scored two goals in the Stars’ 4-1 win over the Avalanche.
The Blackhawks are 9-16-5 in Western Conference games. Chicago scores 2.4 goals per game, the fewest in the Western Conference. Alex DeBrincat leads the team with 29 total goals.
The Stars are 9-6-1 against opponents in the Central. Dallas ranks eighth in the Western Conference recording 8 points per game, averaging 3.0 goals and 5.1 assists.
In their last meeting on Dec. 18, Dallas won 4-3. Pavelski recorded a team-high 4 points for the Stars.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeBrincat leads the Blackhawks with 29 goals and has 41 points. Patrick Kane has three goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Pavelski leads the Stars with 52 points, scoring 21 goals and adding 31 assists. Jason Robertson has six goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Dallas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blackhawks: 3-6-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.8 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with an .896 save percentage.
Stars: 7-3-0, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.7 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews: out (concussion protocol).
Stars: Radek Faksa: day to day (lower body).