St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars: Free Picks, Odds & Predictions

St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars
Dallas vs St. Louis, Rogers Place

The St. Louis Blues were just 0.1 seconds away from securing at least a point against Colorado in their first round-robin seeding game, but they walked away with none after the 2-1 defeat. The Dallas Stars are desperate for some optimism after allowing five goals to Vegas in a loss then getting blanked 4-0 by Colorado on Wednesday. The difference in this game will be the offenses, neither of which have looked particularly dangerous yet.

Free Picks

The Stars are going to need to fix their offense before the NHL playoffs begin, and it will be difficult to do against St. Louis. The Blues aren’t a high-scoring team, either, so to think this game will approach the 5.5 goals the NHL betting sites in New Jersey are projecting seems farfetched. Instead, this seems like the type of grinding playoff game in which the Blues’ work ethic will be on display as they create goals against Dallas while the Stars struggle to break through against St. Louis.

UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-145)

The Stars are running into the worst possible matchup for a struggling offense in a Blues team that is strong defensively. St. Louis might not be able to score a lot, but it will certainly shut down Dallas’ scoring. This won’t be a high-scoring affair, as I mentioned above, but the Stars likely won’t be able to solve Jordan Binnington enough to keep the Blues within two goals when the final buzzer sounds. It won’t be pretty from St. Louis’ end, but it will be a multiple-goal victory to head into the playoffs on the right note.

ST. LOUIS TO WIN -1.5 GOALS (+230)

Best Odds

Dallas St. Louis
FanDuel
+110 -130

Statistics

Head to Head

These teams actually played all five scheduled games against each other during the regular season with St. Louis winning four of those five. The Blues outscored the Stars 17-10 in those games and both teams claimed one overtime victory in the season series.

Stats

  • St. Louis had three 20-goal scorers during the regular season led by 25 each of David Perron and Brayden Schenn. Perron scored the Blues’ lone goal in the loss to Colorado.
  • Dallas hasn’t won since Feb. 25, a streak of eight consecutive setbacks that has only included two games requiring overtime. The Stars have lost twice to the Blues in their past 11 contests entering Sunday.
  • The Blues won 10 of their final 12 games before the season went on pause – including those two wins over the Stars – and allowed one goal or fewer in half of them. St. Louis has three shutouts in that span.
  • The Stars have been shorthanded seven times so far in the bubble and allowed two power-play goals. They have scored once on the three power plays they have earned through two games.

Our Prediction for St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars

St. Louis to win

The Stars have been leaky on defense in the first two games of the round-robin, which is the exact opposite of the Blues. St. Louis’ defensive discipline was on display in the loss to Colorado, and it will keep Dallas in check in the finale of the round-robin in the Western Conference. The Blues’ offense wakes up against the Stars poor defense and they hope it is enough to secure the second seed in the West.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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