The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars are set to square off in a Game 7 on Tuesday night. This has been a terrific series between the Central Division rivals, and Game 7 should be an absolute thriller. The Blues will have home-ice advantage for the series finale, but the Stars have already won two road games in this series. Expect a low-scoring game with these two teams on the ice.
St. Louis eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and came into this series with a ton of momentum. The Blues took a 2-1 series lead over the Stars but needed to win in Game 6 to keep the series going. Dallas pulled off a monster upset over the Nashville Predators in round one and is looking to do the same with a Game 7 win over the Blues. St. Louis is -140 over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Stars Need Some Offense
The Dallas Stars have been a low-scoring team all season long, and that has hurt them again in this series. Dallas managed to get just 23 shots on goal in Game 6 and really wasn’t able to challenge the Blues all night long. Alexander Radulov and Roope Hintz have each scored five goals in the playoffs and will need to be leaders on Tuesday night. The Stars have a ton of veteran talent, and their experience should help them in this game.
Goalie Ben Bishop was forced to leave Game 6 with an injury, but he will be back in net for the series finale. Bishop has stopped 93 percent of the shots he has faced this season. The Blues drafted Bishop in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft, but he didn’t have much success in St. Louis. Look for the veteran to be sharp in this Game 7.
Pressure on Blues Rookie Goaltender
The Blues will have a rookie in net for them, and that could be a cause for concern for Blues fans. Goaltender Jordan Binnington has had a terrific rookie season, but this will be his first-ever Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The rookie stopped 22 of 23 shots in Game 6 but has given up 31 goals during the postseason. Binnington will play a huge role in deciding who wins this game.
St. Louis managed just 25 shots in their Game 6 victory, but four of them found the back of the net. Jaden Schwartz tallied a goal and an assist in that contest and has been carrying the Blues’ offense all postseason. The Blues have one of the best players in the NHL in Vladimir Tarasenko, and he could strike at any time. There is no doubt that the Blues have an advantage in scoring heading into this one.
Blues Advance to Western Conference Finals
Dallas missed a great opportunity to close out the series at home in Game 6, and it is going to cost them a shot in the Western Conference Finals. The Stars just don’t score enough goals to win another road game in this series. Look for the electric crowd in St. Louis to help out a Blues team that can get hot in a hurry. Bet the St. Louis Blues -140 over the Dallas Stars in this game.