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To this point both Dallas and St. Louis have each had dates with the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights and they each went pretty much the same way. The Stars and Blues suffered losses and both the Stars and Blues looked inadequate in many ways.
This game is essentially a rubber match that will be used as a primer for what’s to come in the NHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals. These teams will battle it out Sunday for the number three seed with the loser settling for fourth. So, either way, each of these teams will face fewer quality clubs in the next round. The big question now though will be, are they ready for the next test? These upcoming 60 minutes on Sunday will give us a better clue.
The Blues put up four goals on Vegas on Thursday but had trouble getting shots on net. We like them to put it all together in this one and come out on top with a 4-2 win.
St. Louis Blues -143
The Dallas Stars are 1-6 through their last seven meetings with St. Louis. The Under is also 5-2-1 through their last eight matchups.
|Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Information
|Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues
|Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
|August 9, 2020 – Game Time: 3 PM
|How to Watch
|NBC Sports, Sportsnet
This game marks the final matchup on the NHL’s preliminary qualifying and round-robin schedule. All of the teams have put on quite the show thus far with some absolutely thrilling games and individual performances, but the biggest credit to the league thus far has been the presentation.
The return to play has turned into a total spectacle on-screen with theatrical lighting, video screens, and infrastructure. Each game looks like a WWE event when the cameras pan to the stands. It’s simply stunning. Now let’s talk Stars and Blues.
The Stars have posted a measly three goals in two games. Let us rephrase. The Stars posted a measly three goals in their first game. They were shut out on Wednesday against Colorado by a score of 4-0. This game will go a long way in their hefty quest toward a return to play redemption.
The x-factor for the Stars will be the play of their top line. Jamie Benn, Roope Hintz, and Tyler Seguin have combined for one assist through 120-minutes of hockey. On top of that, their one-two goaltending tandem of Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin has also been a major issue. Once believed to be their greatest strength, their crease has become a major issue surrendering eight goals (nine including the Vegas empty netter) through two games.
For Dallas to win this game, yes their big two of Benn and Seguin will need to play better, but it’s the defense that will also need to step up. If the Stars can limit the Blues chances, like Vegas did just a few nights ago, they stand a good chance. If they can’t get bodies in the way and create turnover opportunities though this game could be the beginning of an inevitable end in a few weeks time.
If you’re the Dallas Stars, nobody expected you to win the top seed in the West. Nobody really even thought you’d finish second or third. For the Blues, though, it’s a different story. These guys are the defending Stanley Cup champions and will need a huge final round-robin performance to propel them into the next round on a high.
They barely squeaked a few past a shaky Marc-Andre Fleury last game but overall were not that overpowering offensively. They were also held to just one goal in their first matchup against Colorado. To their credit though they held Colorado to just two goals which is no easy task.
If the Blues defense of game one can combine with their offensive output of game two – with the addition of quite a few more shots – the Blues could put together the total package against Dallas on Sunday. Given their power, their experience and their physicality this should be a Blues win all things considered.
Ryan has worked as a sports writer for the past decade and sports journalism for almost 15 years. He has worked in television, radio, print, digital, and podcasting since 2006. He is also the former co-host of the NFL Weekly Pick 'Em and Best Bets Podcast along with the Prop Drop on WSN.com.More info on Ryan Sullivan
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