Stars vs Blues 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Game 7 Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 7, 2019 in

The Stars and Blues will play Game 7 on Tuesday in St. Louis to decide their second-round series, a near repeat of three years ago when the teams last met in the postseason. That year, the Blues beat the Stars 6-1 in Dallas to punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals. Let’s take a look at the latest NHL Odds for this one while making some predictions.

Stars vs Blues 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Game 7 Pick

Blues Looking to Keep Momentum

On Sunday afternoon, during a 4-1 Stars loss in Game 6, Dallas missed a chance to close out the Blues and instead will play the franchise’s 13th Game 7. The Stars are 5-7 all-time in Game 7s, while the Blues are 8-8.

While the Stars were outscored 4-0 at 5-on-5, the possession metrics were fairly equal between Dallas and St. Louis, according to Natural Stat Trick. Shot attempts (36-35 Stars), shots on goal (19-18 Blues), scoring chances (15-14 Stars) and high-danger scoring chances (6-6 tie) were nearly dead heats.

Adversity is something the Blues eat for breakfast these days. Ebbs had been so apparent in the first half of the regular season for St. Louis that they’ve been able to lean on those experiences during their Cinderella-esque second half.

If the Blues were nervous one iota at American Airlines Center in Dallas, it was undetectable. And it’s because of that composure that us mere mortals will get to experience another Game 7 in these wild and wacky playoffs after St. Louis’ 4-1 win against the Stars in Game 6.

Keys to Stars vs Blues Game 7

The Blue Notes managed the pressure like that of a grizzled veteran team, steeped in repeated deep playoff runs.

Right out of the gate, the Blues pushed the pace. Alex Pietrangelo scored 1:03 into the game to provide an early spark and put at ease any jitters that may have crept onto the visitor’s bench at American Airlines Center.

The Blues played back-to-back Game 7s back in 2016 en route to the Western Conference Final. Troy Brouwer sent the Blues to a victory in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, and the Blues beat the Stars 6-1 at American Airlines Center in Game 7 to reach the third round for the first time in 15 years.

The Blues have 15 players on the roster with Game 7 experience, with Carl Gunnarsson and Maroon leading the way with three games each.

Jaden Schwartz recorded his eighth goal of the postseason on Sunday, which ranks first on the Blues and second in the NHL behind San Jose’s Logan Couture with nine. Alex Pietrangelo has at least one point in nine of the Blues’ 12 playoff games this season.

Jordan Binnington’s five road wins in the playoffs matched a franchise record for the most road wins by a Blues goaltender in the postseason. Sammy Blais became the seventh rookie in franchise history to score a goal in his postseason debut and the first since Marty Reasoner in 2000.

Stars vs Blues Final Prediction

The Blues definitely have the momentum going into the critical game seven, but as with any elimination game, it could go either way.

The Stars goaltender, Bishop took a shot to the collar bone that nearly ended his season, but he fought through it, despite an empty netter that ultimately kept the victory for St. Louis. If his play carries over due to that, the Stars are in for some trouble in game seven.