Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Blues -175 / Dallas Stars +155
The Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues meet in game one of the Western Conference Semifinals from the Enterprise Center on Thursday night.
The Dallas Stars will look to steal home ice after making it to the second round of the playoffs for just the second time in 11 years after a 4-2 series win over the Nashville Predators. The Stars clinched the series with a 2-1 overtime win over Nashville on Monday. Nashville opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period before Blake Comeau tied the game with the lone goal of the 2nd period. The game stayed scoreless through the 3rd period and for most of the 1st overtime period before John Klingberg scored the game-winner in the extra frame to send Dallas through to the next round. Ben Bishop got the win to improve to 4-2-0 this postseason after stopping 47 of 48 shots faced in the winning effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build on their third second round appearance in the last four years after picking up a 4-2 series win over Winnipeg after a 3-2 win over the Jets in game six on Saturday night. Jaden Schwartz scored a goal in each period to secure the hat trick and stake the Jets a 3-0 lead. The Jets would pull a goal back after the midway point of the 3rd period and would cut the deficit to 3-2 in the last minute of the game but it was too little too late as the Blues held on to punch their ticket to the second round. Jordan Binnington got the win to improve to 4-2-0 after stopping 18 of 20 shots faced in the winning effort.
Dallas is 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 17-5-5 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 12-4 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 20-8-2 in their last 30 games against a team with a winning record. Dallas is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I can understand St. Louis being favored at home here as the Blues have had more time to rest and prepare for game one. However, the Stars took three of four meetings between the two sides in the regular season and have won six of the last seven meetings overall. Binnington has been solid in his first playoff series, but Bishop has been very good in his own right, sitting 2nd in this year’s postseason in terms of save percentage and I just think that Dallas can steal a game on the road so I’ll take a shot with Dallas and the plus money on Thursday.