Feb 29, 2020
NHL Betting Odds & Preview for Saturday - Stars at Blues
The Dallas Stars (32-23-8) hit the road to battle the St. Louis Blues (38-18-7) for the fifth regular-season meeting. The defending champion Blues have had the number of St. Louis native G Ben Bishop of the Stars, as he is 0-3-0 with a 3.83 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in three starts against his hometown team this season. Overall the Blues have won three of the first four battles between these rivals.
On the flip side, Blues G Jordan Binnington is searching for his 30th victory of the season. He is 1-0-1 with a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage in his two outings against the Stars this season. In addition, the Blues have outscored the Stars 13-7 in the first four meetings overall, and they have covered the puck line in two of those three victories.
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Date and Time: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Betting Online Odds at FanDuel: Blues -145, Total 5
Stars at Blues TV Coverage: Local
Odds provided by FanDuel (IN, NJ, & PA only)
Odds Subject to Change (T&C's Apply, 21+)
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Betting Odds Overview
The Blues came away with a 3-2 win over the Stars on Oct. 5 in the first meeting behind Binnington, as he outdueled Bishop in that one. The teams met again Nov. 29 in the Metroplex with the Stars topping Bishop again, 3-1, this time behind backup G Jake Allen. The only win by the Blues occured on Feb. 8, a 3-2 overtime victory against Binnington with G Anton Khudobin between the pipes. The Blues also posted a 5-1 win in Big D behind Allen as +145 underdogs, topping Bishop for a third time this season.
Dallas Stars Current Form
The Stars have picked up victories in seven of their past 10 games overall, and they're 7-3 in the past 10 inside the Central Division, too. In addition, Dallas has picked up wins in nine of the past 13 against Western Conference foes. They're also an impressive 18-7 in the past 25 against teams with a winning overall mark, and 6-2 in the past eight as an underdog, while going 10-4 in the past 14 as a road 'dog.
St. Louis Blues Current Form
The Blues have rattled off six consecutive victories, while hitting in five straight as a favorite. They're also a gaudy 20-8 in the past 28 as a home favorite. However, they're a dismal 3-7 in the past 10 inside the division, while going just 4-10 in the previous 14 against teams with a winning overall record. For what it's worth, they have also dropped four straight decisions on Saturday. Still, they're 5-1 in the past six against the Stars.
Stars to Watch
The Stars have enjoyed offensive production from an unlikely source in recent games, as C Jason Dickinson has picked up a goal, three points and a plus-3 rating across his past two outings. It's expected that C Jamie Benn would be one of the top offensive producers, as he also has a goal and three points with a power-play marker across his past two. C Roope Hintz is also in the same boat, posting a power-play goal and three points with six SOG in his past two contests.
RW Denis Gurianov is good for a pair of markers with three points and a plus-2 in his past two, as the Stars have had primary, secondary and tertiary scoring lately. More long term, RW Tyler Seguin has five goals and nine points with a pair of power-play goals and three game-winning tallies in the previous nine while taking 28 SOG.
Blues to Watch
RW Robert Thomas has picked up the pace with a goal and three points while posting a plus-2 rating in his two outings. All-Star C Ryan O'Reilly is good for a goal, three points and a plus-2 in his past two outings, too, while Fs Zach Sanford and Brayden Schenn have each posted two goals (including one power-play goal each) with an assist in the past two. Sanford has a game-winning tally during the span, while Schenn is good for a robust plus-4 rating during the span.
D Colton Parayko has really stepped up his offensive production lately, too, contributing with a pair of goals, five points, a plus-5 rating and a game-winning tally in his past four. It hasn't been all good for St. Louis rearguards, however, as Ds Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo have been ice-cold. Dunn has just one goal and two points in the past eight, while Pietrangelo has only one helper in the past five. At least each are in the positive in plus-minus rating, however.
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Selection Summary
While the underdog is 10-4 in the past 14 in this series, and 5-2 in the previous seven meetings, you still have to back the home side. The Stars, particularly Bishop, have had very little success lately against the defending champs. The under might be the best play of all, going 5-1-1 in the past seven meetings, including 4-0 in the past four in St. Louis. The under is also 7-2-1 in the past 10 for Dallas against Western Conference teams, and 15-6-3 in the past 24 inside the division. The under is 4-1 in the past five for St. Louis as a favorite, too, while cashing in five of their past seven overall.