Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues - 11/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (5-3-2) at Dallas Stars (3-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -125 / St. Louis Blues +101 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSSW
The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars clash Thursday night in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The St. Louis Blues could use a nice road victory after losing five of their last seven games overall. The Blues are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with four goals, Paul Stastny has four assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 89.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 17 goals on 189 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed six goals on 73 shots. The St. Louis Blues have scored one or less goals in their last four games.
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The Dallas Stars could also use a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. The Stars are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with five goals, Jamie Benn has three assists and Jason Spezza has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Kari Lehtonen has given up 12 goals on 120 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 16 goals on 149 shots. The Dallas Stars have lost all six games this season when allowing more than two goals.
The Blues are 21-10 in their last 31 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central. The Stars are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 21-6 in their last 27 Thursday games. The Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Dallas and 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall.
When we have two teams that can't buy a victory, I usually like to give the edge to the home team. However, the Blues have owned the Stars over the years and have been very impressive on the road overall dating back to last season. St. Louis is also due for a breakout performance offensively after coming up short the last week. I'll take the Blues and the slight plus money in this spot.