St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

A pair of teams that have put themselves squarely in playoff contention, the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars face off at the American Airlines Center in a divisional tilt. Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast the game, which gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 3.

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars Odds

Despite posting a record of 36-28 straight up (SU), bettors taking the moneyline have earned a total of 1.9 units on the Stars this season. Through 64 regular season outings, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 22-12 SU at home this year.

Dallas has converted on 19.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.

Dallas, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.6 per game over its last five contests. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for just 8.6 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.

Averaging 25.4 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, Ben Bishop (25-24-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Stars this year. If they decide to give him a breather, however, the team may roll with Kari Lehtonen (12-10-10 record, .919 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).

Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov will both lead the charge for the Stars. Seguin (58 points) is up to 34 goals and 24 assists and has recorded multiple points in 13 different games this year. Radulov has 23 goals and 34 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 38 contests.

Over on the other bench, St. Louis is 35-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 65 regular season contests, 39 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. St. Louis 15-16 SU as the road team this season.

St. Louis has converted on just 15.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

St. Louis skaters have been called for penalties 3.5 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.8 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jake Allen (2.83 goals against average and .904 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for St. Louis. Allen is averaging 24.8 saves per game and has 19 wins, 25 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.

Brayden Schenn (24 goals, 33 assists) and Vladimir Tarasenko (26 goals, 29 assists) are the top offensive options for St. Louis and will pace the attack for the visiting Blues.

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Dallas is 4-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 3-0 in shootouts.
  • Over St. Louis last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
  • This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. St. Louis skaters have given out the leagues 11th-most hits per game (22.5) and the Stars have registered the 11th-most (22.1).