The Dallas Stars (17-8-3) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (14-14-1) on Saturday, December 16th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues
The Dallas Stars Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into today’s action, the Stars have rattled off two straight wins which has them sitting with an overall record of 17-8-3. At home, they are 8-5-1 and 9-3-2 on the road. This record has them sitting 2nd in the Western Central division and 4th in the Western conference. Dallas has eight wins by more than one goals and dropped six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 11-17 this season.
In their previous game, the Stars hosted the Senators and game away with a 5-4 win. The Stars’ offense scored in each period against the Senators. Dallas finished with one power-play goals, while they also managed to score one time when shorthanded. Their game concluded with 24 shots on goal.
Dallas’ straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 6.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 9 goals.
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
In their 29 games, the Blues have a 14-14-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 8-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 6-9-1. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 9th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring difference this season sits at -0.4, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 14-15. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of +.2, and on the road, it is -0.9.
The Blues played host to the Senators in their previous game and emerged with a 4-2 win. The Blues’ offense scored in each period against the Senators. In the game, St. Louis managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 30 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, St. Louis came away with a victory against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 6 goals.
Dallas Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Stars are averaging 3.5 goals per game which is 7th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. This season, the Stars are 9-5 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-3 record.
This season, the over/under record for the Stars’ is 17-11-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Blues come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 16th in the league. Looking at how the Blues’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 31st in power play goals and 1st in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Blues’ have an over/under record of 10-17-2. Throughout the season, they have played 19 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Dallas Team Defense
Defensively, the Stars are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.9 shots per game against Dallas. They also are 26th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
Defensively, the Blues are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.3 shots per game against St. Louis. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Stars vs Blues Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Stars have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Through their last three home games, St. Louis has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 1 goals per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Blues have an puck line mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. St. Louis posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Stars have a straight up record of 5-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-7.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Stars to secure a victory over the Blues on the road. With the moneyline currently set at -139, I’m locking in my bet on the Stars straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Blues to cover. Even if the Stars secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Blues should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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