Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues - 8/9/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Dallas Stars (37-26-8) at St. Louis Blues (42-21-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -130 / Dallas Stars +106 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues meet Sunday in NHL West Qualifying round robin action at the Rogers Place.
The Dallas Stars look for their first bubble victory after losing to the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche. The Dallas Stars are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Corey Perry leads Dallas with one goal, Miro Heiskanen has three assists and Stephen Johns has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 4.5 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up four goals on 32 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed four goals on 40 shots.
The St. Louis Blues are also looking for their first win after losses to the Avalanche and Golden Knights. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with two goals, Ryan O'Reilly has three assists and Colton Parayko has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing four goals per game and are killing 70 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed eight goals on 76 shots faced.
The Stars are 39-17 in their last 56 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 0-8 in their last 8 overall. The Blues are 9-2 in their last 11 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 4-1 in Stars last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 4-1 in Blues last 5 overall. The Stars are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.
The Dallas Stars entered the bubble playing poor hockey, and they've done little through two games that suggest they've turned things around. The Stars defense has struggled big time and the offense is coming off a shutout loss. The St. Louis Blues may be winless as well, but they've been a lot more competitive and probably should have won the matchup against Vegas, as they had multiple leads in that game. Bottom line is the Blues are playing better hockey and should get the job done here.
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Randy’s Pick St. Louis Blues -130
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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