Can Blues' Tarasenko bust out vs. Stars?

Can Blues' Tarasenko bust out vs. Stars?

On the heels of their first victory in second-round action since 2002, the Blues hope to keep the momentum going in tonight’s pivotal Game 3 against the Stars.

Host St. Louis and Dallas drop the puck at 9:30 p.m. ET in a series that feels as evenly matched as any semifinal matchup. Handicappers at online sports book Bovada.lv seem to be on the same page, even though Ken Hitchcock’s club receives odds of -145 to assume the driver’s seat this evening. The Stars represent +125 underdogs entering the festivities at Scottrade Center.

Bet on Tonight's NHL Tilts

The Note prevailed on Sunday afternoon, 4-3, behind David Backes’ goal with 9:02 left in overtime. It marked the captain’s eighth career playoff tally. While Backes’ contributions remain unwavering, however, Hitchcock needs more out of Vladimir Tarasenko. Despite receiving additional shifts, the All-Star hardly resembles the individual who potted 40 goals during the regular season.

Dallas could use a little extra punch from its premier offensive performer, too. Jamie Benn continues to be blanketed by St. Louis defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester on a consistent basis. With no Tyler Seguin (Achilles) to whom to turn, the Stars are still searching for secondary scoring options up front.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

We’re interested to see how coach Lindy Ruff handles his situation in net in a few hours. Kari Lehtonen was benched after a horrendous start to Game 2, and Antti Niemi filled in capably. Expect another largely conservative bout – unless the Blues’ main line of Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera suddenly finds that patented rhythm.

TUESDAY NHL FREE PICK: STARS/BLUES UNDER 5 GOALS

Want More Picks, Predictions & Odds From The Spread.com? Follow on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Blues vs. Rangers Prediction & Odds The Blues continue to look for consistency this season, which might be difficult when they visit the Rangers at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail Wild vs. Stars Prediction & Odds The Wild have played well over their last 10 games but will they meet their match on Sunday when they take on the Stars in Dallas at 3:00...
Thumbnail Maple Leafs vs. Lightning Prediction The over has been profitable in previous meetings between the Maple Leafs and Lightning, who will clash in Tampa, FL on Saturday night at...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Rangers Prediction & Odds Even though the value has been sucked out of the line, is the under still a wise play in Friday night’s matchup between the Senators and Rangers at 7:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Knights vs. Penguins Prediction & Odds The Golden Knights have struggled in previous meetings with the Penguins but is Vegas still the best play on the board when it comes to Thursday night’s 7:00...

NHL Headlines