At the start of this season, hockey fans knew that the Central Division was where the Western Conference champion may very well emerge from. A total of 5 teams came out of that division and into the playoffs, and that number could well be reduced to 2 once the second round gets under way. So far, the only team from the Central that have booked their ticket into the second round are the Dallas Stars, and they did so in some considerable style. The knocked off the Minnesota Wild in 6 games, and scored a ton of goals in the process. Based on that performance, they have emerged as perhaps the team to beat in the West this playoff season. Dallas will face either the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks or the St. Louis Blues in Round 2, as those two teams are unsurprisingly heading to a Game 7. I had that series pegged as a 7-game thriller from the start, and they have certainly not disappointed. We will have a clearer idea of the updated odds once that series has been decided, so be sure to check back to MyBookie online sportsbook regularly for all the latest odds changes.
A Look at the Dallas vs St. Louis/Chicago Second Round NHL Playoff Pick
Why Bet on the Dallas Stars to win the series?
The Stars were made to work a little harder than they would have liked in the opening round versus the Minnesota Wild, but it was a series that you never really felt was in doubt. After winning the opening two games of the series on home ice, and only giving up a single goal in the process, you felt that the Stars had things well under control. They did give up the opportunity to close out the series in 5 games by losing 5-4 in OT at home, but they earned some well-deserved time off with a 5-4 win in Game 6. The question now is who would Dallas rather face in Round 2. I think that is a question that is easily answered, as the Stars went 4-1 versus Chicago in the regular season, and just 1-4 versus the Blues.
Will the Stars face Chicago or St. Louis in Round 2?
The series between the Blackhawks and Blues is one that has been fun to watch, but it’s also one that the Blues will feel they should have won by now. St. Louis were up 3-1 in the series, and rushed out to a 3-1 lead in Game 5 in Chicago. They had taken the fans out of that game, and looked to be cruising, but the old adage about it being tough to take down a champion came true, as the Blackhawks scored 5 unanswered goals to win 6-3. Game 7 of the series will be in St. Louis, were the Blues should have the edge. I had them winning the series in 7 games, and I have to stick by that prediction.
Expert Betting Pick and Series Prediction
It’s tough to make a prediction without knowing who is going to be facing Dallas, but oddly enough, I think the outcome will be the same whether it is Chicago or St. Louis.
Dallas Stars in 7.