Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues Free Pick 12/7/17

Last Updated: 2017-12-07

The Scottrade Center is playing host a Central Division tilt as the St. Louis Blues square off against the visiting Dallas Stars. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and it will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Southwest.

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Odds

Dallas (+120) is playing the role of underdog to St. Louis (-140), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under). After they originally opened at -130 over and +110 under, those lines have shifted.

St. Louis is 18-10 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 46-36 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of the team’s 28 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while an additional 14 have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 9-5 SU at home this season.

The Blues have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Blues have been whistled for penalties just 3.6 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over their past five matchups total, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

With a .906 save percentage and 25.2 saves per game, Jake Allen (14-9-2) has been the top option in goal for the Blue Notes this season. If the Blue Notes, however, decide to rest him, St. Louis might turn to Carter Hutton (5-3-3 record, .937 save percentage, 1.88 goals against average).

The Blue Notes will continue to rely on leadership via Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn. Schwartz (34 points) is up to 13 goals and 21 assists and has recorded multiple points in nine different games this year. Schenn has 13 goals and 20 assists to his name and has notched a point in 16 games.

On the other bench, Dallas is 16-12 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 28 regular season contests, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Stars are 6-9 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Stars have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked seventh overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.2 percent of all penalties.

Dallas’ players have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, 4.4 per game over their past five games total, and 4.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays 9.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

Ben Bishop (2.68 goals against average and .910 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop is averaging 24.9 saves per game and has 13 wins and 10 losses to his credit.

Tyler Seguin (14 goals, 13 assists) and Alexander Radulov (nine goals, 16 assists) have been the top playmakers for Dallas and will lead the attack for the visiting Stars.

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Trends

Dallas is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 2-0 in shootouts.

The under has hit in three of St. Louis’ last five outings.

Dallas has managed 29.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while St. Louis has been attempting 38.6 shots per game over its last five at home.

Over Dallas’ last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).

The Blue Notes this season have registered the seventh-most hits per game (23.6).

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