The NHL has a solid set of games on the board throughout Saturday. Twelve games will be up on the board for February 29. One of these games will be between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues. These two teams have earned solid records this season, which have them in playoff spots. This game will start at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Stars have earned a record of 37-21-6 throughout this season, which has them in third place of the Central Division. Dallas is one point behind the Colorado Avalanche, who are in second place of the division. The Stars have an eight point lead on the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets, who are fighting for a wild card spot. Dallas will look to bounce back from a loss in their previous matchup in this one.
St. Louis has posted a record of 38-17-10 so far this season. This has earned the Blues the top spot in the Central Division. St. Louis has a five point lead on the Avalanche in the division. The Blues have won six in a row coming into this matchup. St. Louis will look to keep this winning streak up with a win over the Stars at home.
These two teams have earned strong records so far this season and they are both sitting in a playoff spot because of it. The Stars are still very much in the running for the top spot of the Central, which makes this game very important for both teams. St. Louis is coming into this game on a nice streak, which means Dallas will try to come out fast to slow down the Blues.
The first meeting of the season series between these two teams was on October 5 in St. Louis. These two teams had a close matchup. Sammy Blais had the game winning goal and an assist to lead the Blues to a 3-2 win. The second game shifted to Dallas on November 29. Ivan Barbashev and Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist as the Blues were able to take the second game 3-1.
The third game of the season series shifted back to St. Louis. Colton Parayko had two goals to give the Blues a 2-0 lead. Roope Hintz scored twice, including in overtime to complete the Stars comeback as they won 3-2. The most recent game of the season series was in Dallas on February 21. Colton Parayko had a goal and two assists, while four other players had two points. St. Louis dominated the fourth game 5-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the season series.
These two teams have already met up four times this season, with the Blues winning three of those four games. Most of the games have been within reach for both teams, which should help lead to another exciting game on Saturday night. The Stars will look to avoid allowing St. Louis to score early to try and overcome their struggles against the Blues.
The Stars special teams have been solid throughout this season so far. Dallas has capitalized on 40 of their 184 power play chances, which is a 21.7 percent power play. The Stars penalty kill has been above average as well. Dallas has held their opponents to 38 goals on 201 power play attempts, which is an 81.1 percent kill rate.
St. Louis’ power play has been off to a strong start this season. The Blues power play has scored on 45 of their 188 power play opportunities, which is a 23.9 percent success rate. St. Louis’ penalty kill has not been quite as strong. The Blues have allowed opposing teams to capitalize on 40 of their 192 power play chances, which is a 79.2 percent penalty kill.
These two teams match up pretty evenly on special teams. The Blues have the better power play in this game, while Dallas has the stronger penalty kill. The Stars will look to shut down St. Louis’ power play in this one, while taking advantage of their below average penalty kill. If Dallas can get the edge on special teams, it could help them earn a big win in this one.
Ben Bishop will likely get the start in the net for the Stars on Saturday night. Bishop has put up a record of 21-14-4 throughout this season. He has earned a save percentage of .921 and a 2.49 GAA. Bishop’s last start came against the Boston Bruins, where he stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced in a losing effort. Bishop will look to bounce back from that loss in this one.
I expect Jordan Binnington to get the nod in crease for St. Louis in this matchup. Binnington has earned a record of 29-11-7 this season in his 47 starts. He has posted a .910 save percentage and a GAA of 2.60. Binnington’s last start was against the New York Islanders, where he turned away 15 of the 17 shots he saw in a victory for the Blues.
These two goalies have had a lot of success for their respective teams this season. Both Bishop and Binnington have posted save percentages below .900 in their last two starts. I expect both goalies to come out strong in this one to try and bounce back. Bishop has been the overall better goalie though, which I think gives the Stars the edge.
These two teams have had strong seasons, but St. Louis has won three of their four games against Dallas this season. I think that the Stars will close this gap with a big win on the road on Saturday night. The Stars match up well with St. Louis on special teams, which could give them an advantage. If Bishop comes out strong, I really like Dallas’ chances to earn the win.
BetOnline has the Blues listed as a -145 against the money line in this game. This implies that St. Louis will win this game around 59.2 percent of the time. I think that these two teams should be closer to even since they are both competing in the standings. The Blues are coming in on a winning streak and I think that this is the game that ends it.