Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 7, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Dallas Stars +115 / St. Louis Blues -135 -- Over/Under: 5
The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues meet Wednesday in game seven of the NHL second round at the Enterprise Center.
The Dallas Stars will advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2007-08 with a victory here. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alexander Radulov leads Dallas with five goals, Jamie Benn has eight assists and Tyler Seguin has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 94.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 28 goals on 394 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed zero goals on five shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The St. Louis Blues will advance to the conference finals for the second time in the last four years with a victory here. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with eight goals, Alex Pietrangelo has eight assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 31 goals on 348 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in four of their last 10 games.
The Stars are 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road underdog, 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 11-4 in their last 15 road games. The Blues are 16-6 in their last 22 home games, 15-6 in their last 21 games as a home favorite and 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite. The Stars are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 31-14-8 in Stars last 53 overall. The over is 3-1-2 in Blues last 6 overall.
The Dallas Stars have been so good in the underdog role and have played some of their best hockey on the road that they're worth a strong look on the road in this game. The Blues have had trouble lately putting together back-to-back good showings and I'm not sure I trust Binnington in net. I'd lean toward the Stars if forced to pick this game, but my play is on the over five goals. The last eight meetings between the Stars and Blues are averaging 5.6 goals and the three game sevens this year are averaging 7.3 goals. Only one of the last six game sevens have been held under six goals. The over feels like a safer play than trying to pick which one of these teams will show up considering momentum hasn't meant a thing in this series.