Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Dallas Stars +120 / St. Louis Blues -143 -- Over/Under:
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in game two of the NHL second round at the Enterprise Center.
The Dallas Stars have another chance to steal home ice advantage before heading home for game three on Monday. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alexander Radulov leads Dallas with four goals, John Klingberg has six assists and Tyler Seguin has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 94.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 15 goals on 238 shots faced. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 25 of their last 26 games.
The St. Louis Blues look for a fourth straight playoff victory to take a comfortable 2-0 series lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with four goals, Alex Pietrangelo has seven assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 18 goals on 202 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Stars are 30-61 in their last 91 games as a road underdog, 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 9-4 in their last 13 road games. The Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 games as a favorite and 16-5 in their last 21 home games. The Stars are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 34-13-7 in Stars last 54 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 overall.
The Dallas Stars have to always be considered when you factor in their defensive consistency these last couple of months and the fact they've won seven of their last 11 games as an underdog. The Stars had nine more shots in their game one loss and have still won six of the last eight meetings against the Blues. With that said, the Blues have been highly impressive during this three-game winning streak and Binnington is starting to settle down after getting blasted early in the playoffs. The St. Louis Blues have also won 15 of their last 19 games as a home favorite, a stretch that dates back to January 10. I'm going to side with the Blues and the cheap price at home.