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St. Louis Blues (+125) vs. Dallas Stars (-150)
NHL: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 PM ET at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
It’s a Central Division showdown on Saturday when the St. Louis Blues take on the Dallas Stars. St. Louis is tied for last place in the division with 40 points (18-20-4). Dallas is in third place with 50 points (23-18-4). The Stars are 14-5-2 at home this season and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Blues are 7-7-2 on the road and are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
Blues Begin Four Game Road Trip in Dallas
The St. Louis Blues begin a four-city on a six-day road trip on Saturday with the Dallas Stars. St. Louis has been quite impressive on the road in their last five contests, going 4-1-0 with two shutouts and two games where they allowed only one goal. That includes impressive victories over Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Philadelphia where they allowed two combined goals.
The Blues are coming off of an impressive victory over the Montréal Canadiens on Thursday, 4-1. St. Louis jumped out to a three-goal lead before Montréal was able to get on the board. Jordan Binnington had an outstanding night in net, allowing one goal on 29 shots. That move the St. Louis netminder to 2-0-0 in his two starts this season with a minuscule 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.
Oskar Sundqvist had just two points in his last 10 games entering the contest against Montréal, but came up with a goal and an assist to help lead the team to victory. Ryan O’Reilly added two assists in the contest to give him a team leading 42 points. O’Reilly has points in seven of his last eight games (3 goals, 7 assists).
St. Louis is 22nd in goals scored this season at 2.81 per contest and they are 21st in goals allowed at 3.14. The Blues power-play is ranked 16th at 19.1% and their penalty killing unit is 18th at 79.4%.
Stars Open Six Game Homestand
The Dallas Stars open a six-game homestand with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday evening. The Stars have earned points in each of their last four games (3-0-1), including a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils to begin the new year and a 2-1 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on January 4.
Dallas is coming off a 1-2-0 three-game road trip where they dropped the first and last contest of the trek. The Flyers would pull off the 2-1 victory over Dallas thanks to two second period goals and 37 saves from Carter Hart which ended the Flyers eight-game losing streak. That ruined an outstanding night by Anton Khudobin, who stopped 20 of 22 shots. The loss dropped Khudobin to 8-8-2 this season with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Dallas is getting great production out of Tyler Sequin, who has nine points over his last nine contests (6 goals, 3 assists). Sequin leads the team in points with 43 this season and has had an outstanding career against St. Louis, recording 22 points in 26 games.
Dallas is averaging 2.67 goals per game, ranked 26th in the league, but they are only allowing 2.64 goals per contest, ranked fifth. The power-play is 11th at 21.7% in the penalty killing unit is ninth at 83.1%.
- Stars are 4-1 in their last five games against teams with a losing record.
- Stars are 8-3 in their last 11 games at home.
- Stars are 23-8 in their last 31 games on a Saturday.
- Blues are 4-1 in their last five games on the road.
- Blues are 5-2 in their last seven games against teams with a winning record.
- Blues are 1-6 in their last seven games on a Saturday.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
St. Louis has lost four straight games to Dallas and they have lost four of the last five in Dallas. The home team has won six of the last seven meetings between these two teams.
It would be easy to follow those trends, especially considering that the Stars have been playing quite well at home of late themselves. However, St. Louis is playing good hockey on the road, including beating two of the best teams in the National Hockey League in Winnipeg and Calgary. It would be easy to give the Blues the edge in this game, and so we do.
Prediction: St. Louis Blues
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 5.5 in this contest, which is understandable considering that combined these teams are averaging 5.78 goals allowed per contest while they are scoring 5.48 combined. In addition, the total has gone under in four of the last five meetings between these two teams.
In the last three games for St. Louis, the total has been five or less in each of those contests, including Dallas beating St. Louis in St. Louis on Tuesday, 3-1. The Stars have had four goals or less in each of their last two games. The under looks like the smart bet here.
Prediction: Go under 5.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
In the last four games on the road for St. Louis the Blues have scored at least one goal in the first period in each of those games and have six total goals. The Blues are 12th in the NHL in first-period goals with 40 in 42 games. We look for them to get a first-period goal on their way to victory.
Prediction: St. Louis does score in the first
Half-Time Side Pick
Dallas has a first-period goal in each of their last two contests at home, which is surprising considering that they have just 22 goals in the first frame of their 45 games this season, ranked dead last in the National Hockey League. However, they have proved to be playing well at home of late, so we look for the over here.
Prediction: Go with the over in the first period