Dallas vs St Louis Betting Prediction
We all knew that the Central Division was likely going to be the strongest in the league heading into this season, and that is the way that things have indeed worked out. Right now, there are 3 teams duking it out for the top spot in the division, and two of them will be squaring off on Tuesday, February 16 when the Dallas Stars skate into the Scotttrade Center to face the St. Louis Blues. Game time for this one is set for 8 PM EST on NBCSN. The NHL online odds will be updated as they happen.
Dallas Stars vs St Louis Blues Betting Free Pick
Why bet on the Dallas Stars
There are few teams in hockey as hot as the Dallas Stars (36-15-5) right now, as they have won 3 in a row, and 7 of their last 10 games. They have also won all 4 of their previous road games, and are coming off a huge 4-3 win over the red hot Washington Capitals. This is a team on a roll right now, yet they only find themselves in a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Central Division. They will be looking to create a little bit of separation, especially since the Blues are also hot on their heels, at just 4 points back of the lead. The Stars have lot 2 of their 3 meeting with the Blues this season, but their current run of form suggests they may be able to even things up on Tuesday night. Dallas are averaging 3.3 GPG, and are giving up 2.7 GPG.
Why bet on the St. Louis Blues
The Blues (32-17-9) are one of the few teams that have had any sort of success versus the Stars this season, as they have taken 5 out of a possible 6 points from Dallas so far. St. Louis are also going well right now, and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. They went a perfect 2-0 on their road trip last week, and will now head back into their own building, where they have gone 17-9-4 to this point in the season. The Blues are 12-6-3 against division opponents this season, which is an impressive record in such a strong group of teams. If the Blues are going to win this one, they may need to rely on their power play, which has gone 5 of 13 (38.4%) in the last 4 games. The Blues are averaging 2.4 GPG, and are giving up 2.3 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While both of these teams are very gifted offensively, their 3 other meetings this season have yielded an average of less than 4 goals per game, which would suggest that the UNDER might be a solid bet. As far as straight up goes, I like the Stars to get the win.