Stars vs. Blues Prediction
The Dallas Stars and the host St. Louis Blues will play a pivotal Game 5 tonight with their Western Conference Semifinals series even at two games apiece. Is St. Louis going to protect its home ice and register the win?
Friday, May 3, 2019
Scottrade Center at 9:38PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Blues are a -155 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Stars are a +135 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5 goals. As of Friday afternoon, 64 percent of public bets are being placed on host St. Louis. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Stars double up Blues
Dallas tied the series at 2-2 Wednesday night with a 4-2 home victory over St. Louis in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Stars fell behind 1-0 in the first period before evening it up at the 8:37 mark on a Jason Dickinson goal assisted by Tyer Seguin and Mats Zuccarello. Jason Spezza gave Dallas a 2-1 lead with 52 seconds remaining in the first on a power play goal off assists from Alexander Radulov and Esa Lindell. John Klingberg pushed the Stars' advantage to 3-1 midway through the second period on his second goal of the postseason off assists by Seguin and Zuccarello. Roope Hintz pushed the advantage to three goals with 2:32 left in the second on a tally assisted by Jamie Benn and Radulov. The Blues drew one goal closer in the third, but Dallas prevented any further rally. Ben Bishop accounted for two goals on 29 shots in the winning effort.
Blues unable to mount comeback
St. Louis lost by a count of 4-2 Wednesday night at Dallas as the best-of-7 series is now even at 2-2. The Blues got on the board first with 14:58 left in the first period on a Vladimir Tarasenko power play goal off assists from Vince Dunn and Ryan O'Reilly. The Stars proceeded to score two goals the rest of the first period and an additional two goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-1 lead through 40 minutes. Robert Thomas drew St. Louis within a 4-2 score with 6:16 remaining on a goal assisted by Alex Pietrangelo and O'Reilly. Jordan Binnington surrendered four goals on 31 shots in the defeat.
NHL Betting Trends
The Stars are 7-2 in their last nine games as a road underdog. The road team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
The Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 Friday games. St. Louis is 16-5 in its last 21 home games.
Both goaltenders had phenomenal seasons, but I'm prone to back the veteran Bishop over the rookie Binnington. The Stars get the job done offensively when its top line of Radulov-Seguin-Benn is producing and Bishop has had a high save percentage all season, while compiling several awesome performances so far in the playoffs. Look for the road team to send the Blues fans home disappointed tonight. I think there's strong value on the underdog here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: DALLAS STARS +135