Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blues vs Stars Odds
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Round 2: Game 5
Date: Saturday,May 7th, 2016
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Dallas -120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Dallas -1.5 +240
NHL Betting Total: 5
Prob. Goalies: Elliott (STL) | Lehtonen (DAL)
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Dallas got themselves home ice back as they stole Game 4 in overtime from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
The Stars will now look to take a 3-2 lead and give them 2 chances to clinch.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis had their chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead as they had all the momentum after dominating Game 3 6-1.
However, St. Louis couldn’t find the back of the net after tying things at 2-2. St. Louis only manufactured 26 shots on goal in Game 4 as the Stars really slowed things down, which was out of the character for them.
The Blues got goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny, two guys who have been producing all postseason long for them.
G Brian Elliot turned aside 25 of the 28 shots he faced, but allowed a quick goal in overtime at the 2:58 mark. Elliot has been solid in net for the Blues this postseason, but has looked uneasy at times against this Stars quick offense.
St. Louis brings in a road record of 28-13-2-3, which includes a Game 2 win in Dallas.
Dallas doesn’t have the playoff experience, nor the big name players the Blues do.
This team is on the young side and plays with a lot of confidence under them and they needed all of that in Game 4. After coughing up a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period, their defense, which has been sketchy all season long, held firm for a period and then into overtime.
At the 2:58 mark, it was Cody Eakin who found the back of the net to secure an even series for the Stars.
Dallas now returns home where the series turns into a best of 3, and they get a pair of home games for it. At home this year, the Stars are 31-11-4-0, which bodes very well for them. They feed off the home crowd and rarely lose multiple home games in a short sequence.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Blues are 11-3 in their last 14 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 16-5 in their last 21 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Stars are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. Western Conference.
- Stars are 35-17 in their last 52 home games.
Free St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Prediction
This is where the experience could come into play.
The Stars aren’t used to these high pressure situations in the postseason and with the pressure of the home crowd, this is the perfect chance for the Blues to steal one right back.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis ML
The Blues get out to an early lead and hold off the Stars, grabbing a 3-2 to lead with a chance to clinch at home.
NHL Free Score Prediction:St. Louis 4 – Dallas 2
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