The St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars have been in a tight playoff series and will meet up in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon. With a potential handshake line at the end of the game, both teams will look to pull off a huge victory on May 5, which should amp up the intensity. This game is set to start at around 3:00 PM Eastern time on NBC.
St. Louis finished the regular season with a record of 45-28-9, which put them in second place of the Central Division. The Blues had an amazing comeback in the season, which had them turn around their season after being in the last place at one point. St. Louis was able to knock off the Winnipeg Jets in six games in the first round. The Blues will look to force a Game 7 with a huge win on Sunday afternoon.
The Stars finished the regular season in the top wild-card spot and in fourth place of the Central Division. Dallas had a record of 43-32-7 at the end of the season. The Stars met up with the Central Division champions, the Nashville Predators, and were able to win in six games. Dallas will look to book their ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Game 6.
This series has gone back and forth, and the Stars will look to put up a huge win in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon to move onto the next round. St. Louis has lost two games in a row and I believe that they will make some big changes to try and stay alive in this series. I believe that Game 6 should be a really exciting matchup.
Game’s 1 and 2 between the Blues and the Stars were hosted by St. Louis. Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues, while Jordan Binnington was able to stop 27 of the 29 shots he faced to help give St. Louis a 3-2 win at home. Game 2 went in a better direction for Dallas though. Roope Hintz scored two goals and added an assist, while Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello each had two assists. Ben Bishop had 32 saves on 34 shots to help the Stars win 4-2.
Dallas hosted Game’s 3 and 4 of this playoff series. Tyler Bozak and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist in Game 3. Jordan Binnington had 28 saves on 31 shots, which helped propel the Blues to a 4-3 win to regain the series lead. In Game 4, Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin, and Mats Zuccarello all put up two assists. Ben Bishop had 27 saves on 29 shots to help the Stars even up the series with a 4-2 road upset.
Game 5 was just the other night on May 3 in St. Louis. Jason Spezza and Esa Lindell each scored a goal to help the Stars jump out to a 2-0 lead. Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to pull it within 2-1, but the Blues could not break Bishop again. Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots on 27 shots, but it was not enough. Ben Bishop had 38 saves on 39 shots to help give the Stars a 2-1 win.
These two teams have gone back and forth in the series, with neither team taking more than a one-game lead. The Stars have their first series lead going into Game 6, which means that this will be the first time that St. Louis will play a game from behind. The Blues will need to respond in a big way with a win with their backs against the wall.
Jaden Schwartz had put up a strong performance throughout the playoffs. Schwartz has scored seven goals and added two assists. Alex Pietrangelo has had a goal and eight assists in this playoff run. Ryan O’Reilly has been doing well also, scoring twice and adding six assists. Vladimir Tarasenko has scored five times, but has been held quiet over the last few games.
Alexander Radulov has scored five goals and added five assists in this playoff run for the Stars. Tyler Seguin had three goals and seven assists. Mats Zuccarello has scored three goals and six assists, while Jamie Benn and John Klingberg both have two goals and seven assists. Roope Hintz has broken out for five goals and three assists.
Both teams have top lines that have put up dominant performances in the playoffs. Tarasenko needs to find a way to make a difference in Game 6 if the Blues want to stay alive. He scored twice in Game 1 and has scored one goal since then. St. Louis needs him to find a way to break through.
Jordan Binnington has taken over the starting job in net for St. Louis. Binnington finished out the regular season with a save percentage of .927 and a 1.89 GAA. In the playoffs Binnington has dropped a bit, putting up a .908 save percentage and a GAA of 2.73. Binnington will look to put up a tough performance against the Stars in Game 6.
Ben Bishop earned himself a Vezina Trophy nomination this season, with a save percentage of .934 and a GAA of 1.98. Bishop has been able to carry his performance into the playoffs and it has been a big reason why the Stars are this deep in the playoffs. He has posted a .936 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA in this playoff run.
These two goalies played fantastic in the regular season. Bishop has played better throughout the playoffs, but Binnington has stepped up when necessary. If the Blues can create some extra offense in front of Binnington, I believe that they will be able to pull off the win on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are on the brink of elimination and I believe that they have a good chance to pull off the win on the road. St. Louis has been very persistent throughout the regular season and I expect that to show in Game 6. The Blues need some players to step up, but I expect them to get what they need on the road.
BetOnline has the Dallas listed as a -123 against the money line. The Stars are implied to win this game around 55 percent of the time. I believe that St. Louis has a good chance to force a Game 7 on Sunday afternoon, which gives them a lot of value in Game 6. I am taking the Blues as underdogs on the road.