Dallas Stars (16-15-8) at St. Louis Blues (20-14-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 7, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -155 / Dallas Stars +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Stars look to shake off a loss to the Canadiens as they take to the road to battle the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
The Dallas Stars look to light a fire as they head to the road hampered by underachievement as they have fallen short of expectations so far this season, and perhaps need a road win against a good Blues team to get back some energy. The Stars are 16-15-8 through their first 39 games and are well off the pace set by the leaders of the Central division, including the Blues who are 20-14-5 but there is still plenty of hockey left to be played and this team can score with the best of them and never seem to be out of any contest. Dallas will likely send Antti Niemi to the crease here as he continues to split time with Kari Lehtonen, as he will go up against Jake Allen who is the clear cut starter ahead of Carter Hutton in the St. Louis crease, in this his first year as the every game starter.
The Blues meanwhile are right around expectation at this point in the season and should be in the mix come playoff time as they have a pretty deep roster led by the explosive play of forward Vladimir Tarasenko who has taken the league by storm. The Blues are stuck in a very competitive division that includes the Blackhawks, Wild, Predators, and Jets and with all of those teams in the mix the Blues know they need to create separation in these divisional games, especially when they are playing at home. The Blues are 13-6 in their last 19 home games and host a Stars group who has but two wins in their last 10 Saturday games.
The Stars are 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 2-7 in their last nine road games while the Blues are 5-1 in their last six after scoring two or less in their previous game and 2-5 in their last seven against the Central. This should be a great game but the Blues have a bit too much depth at the back and they should get the win on home ice.