The Dallas Stars earned a split on the road in St. Louis to take home-ice advantage from the Blues in their second-round best-of-seven. On Monday, they will look to do what the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t do against St. Louis in round one: win at home.
Game 3 between the Blues and Stars goes tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas at 8:00 pm ET.
Opening Odds for Game 3
The Stars are heavy chalk, sitting around -116 on the moneyline, while St. Louis is a +-105 longshot to pick up the win.
Game 1: Dallas 2 – 3 St Louis
Game 2: Dallas 4 – 2 St Louis
Blues vs Stars Statistical Comparison
|45-28-9 (21-13-7 away)||Reg. Season Record||38-30-14 (24-14-3 home)|
|5-3 (3-0 away)||Playoff Record||5-3 (2-1 home)|
|2.98 (15th)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.55 (T28th)|
|2.63 (10th)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||3.00 (6th)|
|2.68 (T5th)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.44 (2nd)|
|2.75 (8th)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||2.12 (2nd)|
|52.10 (7th)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||48.54 (22nd)|
|50.00 (8th)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||49.38 (9th)|
|90.62 (16th)||Save % (Reg. Season)||92.28 (7th)|
|90.72 (12th)||Save % (Playoffs)||93.75 (2nd)|
|54.34 (5th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||52.54 (9th)|
|42.86 (16th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||52.38 (6th)|
*Note: regular-season rankings are out of 31 teams; playoff rankings are out of only 16 teams.
Takeaways From Games 1 & 2
After dropping a tight 3-2 decision in Game 1, despite outshooting St. Louis 29-20, the Stars evened the series with a massive 4-2 win in Game 2.
Game 1 Highlights
Breakout rookie Roope Hintz opened the scoring less than eight minutes into Game 2 on a feed from Mats Zuccarello. While the goal came on a high-danger chance from about 12 feet out, Hintz’s shot went right through Jordan Binnington and the Blues goalie would probably like to have that one back.
You couldn’t say the same about the second Dallas goal at 13:39 of the first, a beautiful two-on-one dish-and-dangle between Hintz and fellow rookie Miro Heiskanen at 4-on-4.
While the Blues answered back less than a minute later on Colton Parayko’s first of the playoffs, Mattias Janmark restored Dallas’ two-goal lead just 26 seconds after that, concluding the wildest two-plus minutes this defensive series is likely to see.
There was no more scoring until Jaden Schwartz pulled St. Louis within one shortly into the third with his team-leading fifth of the playoffs. The Blues pressed but couldn’t find the equalizer. Hintz made it a 4-2 final with an empty net goal at 19:57.
Game 2 Highlights
Through the first two games, Dallas has looked like the slightly better team, especially early in Game 2. The most concerning part for the Blues is that Dallas’ big line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov has just two points combined (both from Benn) and one was an assist on Hintz’ empty-net goal.
If that line starts playing like it did against Nashville (18 points in six games), they have the potential to swing this series.
Betting Trends and Streaks
Betting-wise, the Blues are a mediocre 44-46 against the puckline. The Stars, at 48-42, have been one of the stronger teams in the league in terms of the puckline.
Note that, of the 14 games these teams have played in the postseason, only four have been decided by multiple goals (including Saturday’s Game 2). Dallas beat Nashville 5-1 in Game 4 and 5-3 in Game 5, while St. Louis lost 6-3 to Winnipeg in Game 3 of that series.