Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Stars vs Blues Odds
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Round 2: Game 3 / Series Tied 1-1
Date: Tuesday May 3, 2016
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: St. Louis -140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: St. Louis -1.5 +210
NHL Betting Total: 5
Prob. Goalies: Elliott (STL) | Lehtonen (DAL)
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St. Louis did it’s job as they stole Game 2 and now come back home with the series even at 1 game a piece.
The Blues will now look to keep the momentum and take the series lead at a place where they’ve been very successful at.
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St. Louis has had solid success against the Stars thus far.
After winning 3 of 4 in the regular season, the Blues took Game 2 behind a David Backes overtime goal on his birthday that sent the Blues to a 4-3 win.
The main problem for St. Louis has been their ability to hold 2 goal leads. The Blues blew a 3-1 lead in Game 6 against the Blackhawks and then once again blew another 2 goal lead against the Stars on Sunday.
One positive the Blues can build off of is their ability to kill off penalties. St. Louis has turned away all 7 penalty killing opportunities here against the Stars. Their defense has been as stellar as it can get this season, conceding just 2.33 goals against per home game.
Look for them to really buckle down here in Game 3 as they have allowed the Stars to dictate the pace through the first couple games.
Dallas is one of the most energetic teams in the NHL.
The Stars average 3.23 goals per game while conceding 3.00 goals per away game. Dallas likes to pepper the goal with shots from all over the ice and with their idea of attacking and crashing the net, it opens them up for many opportunities against the counter.
The goalie situation is also very unclear for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen allowed 3 goals in Game 2 and was then replaced by Antti Niemi, who had 19 saves.
Both netminders have seen time this postseason, which has turned out to be a major advantage for the Stars. It’s given both goalies experience and has kept them fresh.
Dallas brings in a road record of 24-13-5-2 this season.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Stars are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Stars are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Central.
- Stars are 14-5 in their last 19 overall.
- Blues are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference.
- Blues are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. Central.
- Blues are 19-8 in their last 27 overall.
Free Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Hockey Prediction
This is going to be one of those series’ where no lead, nor home ice is safe.
If the first two games were any indication of what to expect here, keeping the momentum and crowd in it for the Blues is a major musth ere.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis ML
St. Louis is the more experienced team here. Look for them to grab the advantage early and carry that through to a 2-1 lead.
NHL Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 4- Dallas 2
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