Lack of scoring punch hurting Ruff's crew
Two of the Western Conference’s most dangerous clubs square off tonight in the Gateway City. Will the Blues or Stars come out on top?
Currently, handicappers throw their support behind the Note. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives red-hot St. Louis odds of -145 to emerge victorious. Lindy Ruff’s group, on the other hand, enters Scottrade Center as a +165 underdog.
After an uncharacteristically ordinary start to the season, Ken Hitchcock’s troops have captured five of six. David Perron just so happens to be leading the surge. In Saturday’s 4-3 shootout victory over Minnesota, the forward extended his points streak to a career-best seven contests, the longest active streak in the league.
Meanwhile, Dallas is trying to work through some major offensive shortcomings. It edged Vancouver over the weekend, 2-1, before embarking on a four-game road trip. With Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn not playing to their usual level, Patrick Eaves paces the team with nine goals.
Considering St. Louis netminder Jake Allen’s impeccable work at home this season, we’re not expecting any sort of explosion from the Stars shortly. Ruff’s preference for a tight-checking style, though, bodes well for a competitive affair. Take the Blues in a nail-biter.
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