St. Louis Blues (18-20-4) at Dallas Stars (23-18-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday January 12th 2019 at 9:05 PM EDT (American Airlines Center)
Line and Odds: Dallas Stars -145
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Saturday night hockey brings us a Central Division battle between the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars. The Blues have been feeling blue this season as they are tied for last in the division with the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis has the third worst record in the Western Conference. The Blues have been doing the win-loss pattern lately, and scoring and goaltending has been on and off too. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars have been either scoring one goal or giving up one goal. Dallas sits in third in the division and only two to three points up on the wild card teams of the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild. The Stars are back home after a 1-2 road trip, where they scored only 5 goals. Dallas will try to reach for the Stars at home and try to find the net again. The goalies for this game are Jordan Binnington vs Ben Bishop.
The St. Louis Blues are not having a good NHL season. The Blues are ten points back for third in the Central Division, but just six points back of the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild card spot. This team is on pace to finish with 80 points, which would be 14 points left of last years total. There’s still time for St. Louis to turn this second half of the season around and maybe make the playoffs as a wild card team. The Blues are 3-2 in their last five games and had one impressive 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Ryan O’Reilly has been playing well in the last four games with one goal and four assists. Also, Carl Gunnarsson has been helping out by getting three assists, over the last week of games. St. Louis is coming off a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Blues built a 2-0 lead in the first, had ten different players get on the score sheet, and rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington made 28 saves. Also, last time the Blues were on the road, Binnington shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. It will be up to the Blues on and off scoring ability to get going, if they want to put the stars to bed.
The Dallas Stars are in an okay spot right now. The team sits eight points back of the first place Winnipeg Jets and just barely above the wild card teams. The Stars have been in a lot of close, low scoring games lately, and it’s tough to see what type of game they will bring, any given night. Dallas is coming off a disappointing, 2-1 loss to the second last place Philadelphia Flyers. In the last four games, Tyler Seguin has been the main man for the Stars, as he has four goals and two assists. Also, Alexander Radulov has played well during the span, getting one goal, four assists, and putting a decent amount of shots on net each game. Dallas has its main stars clicking and producing, the other stars out there have to start shining as well. The Stars have won their last two home games and Seguin will most likely light the lamp a few times. Dallas will try to score in the first in this game to get try and get the stars aligning early.
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So, you have the Blues singing the Blues playing against the Stars, who are trying to find their consistent scoring stripes again. David Perron enters this game on a career best nine game point streak, where he has four goals, and eight assists. The Stars have had some good defensive games, but need some depth scoring and maybe get a four goal game, to go along with great goaltending. Dallas beat the Blues four days ago 3-1. Seguin had a great game with two goals and one assist. Now the Blues outshot the Stars 27-17, but only managed to score one goal and get some of the their best players on the board. St. Louis will get the depth scoring and win 3-2.