Dallas Stars (34-27-11) at St. Louis Blues (50-16-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 29, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -221 / Dallas Stars +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Stars look to close the gap on the Coyotes for the final spot in the West as they head into St. Louis to take on the league’s best.
The Dallas Stars have shocked the league this season with their effort on the ice as many head them slated in the basement of the Western Conference, but the instant chemistry between Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin has proven otherwise. The Stars crushed the Predators in Dallas last night pulling them to within three points of the Coyotes for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference but will have to play their best on Saturday as they take on the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues. The Stars do have a relatively deep team and if Kari Lehtonen can go shot for shot with Ryan Miller than the Stars are worth a look here as they‘re the more desperate team. St. Louis has won three straight games however and are still playing for positioning as the top of the table is incredibly tight.
The Blues continue to prove they are a force to be reckoned with and with the way they’re playing at the moment it is tough to find a team who will match up with them over a seven game series. St. Louis is loaded from the crease out and while they don’t have a ton of playoff experience they have a coach who has lots of it and will certainly provide some insight for his players when necessary. Ryan Miller was a huge acquisition for the team as their goaltending seemed to be the only thing from pushing them over the edge and now with Miller between the pipes the team is ever so confident they can win the Cup. I think the Blues are the better team here but if the Stars are going to win they’ll need a solid effort from Lehtonen and their two way game to keep the Blues’ balance at bay. As such, I think this one stays under the number in what I see being a 3-1 type final.