NHL Picks: Stars +100 over Blues

Ross Benjamin

Friday, April 11, 2014 1:11 PM GMT

St. Louis and Dallas square off in a pivotal game in regards to playoff implications. Our resident sports picks guru analyzes this crucial game for both sides, and gives you his NHL free pick.

Huge Western Conference Tilt
The Stars host the Blues on Friday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas with the opening face-off slated for 8:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Blues are a -120 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. St. Louis has defeated Dallas in 7 of their last 10 meetings. These teams have seen just 1 of their last 7 meetings played in Dallas go over the total.

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Stars Need to Shine this Weekend
It can be made real simple for the Dallas Stars in regards to making the playoffs. If they win their final 2 regular season games, or earn at least 3 of 4-points possible, then they will be the #8 seed in the Western Conference for the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. They will certainly have their work cut out for them, starting with tonight’s game versus the Central Division leading St. Louis Blues, and then on Sunday at Phoenix against a Coyotes team which is attempting to overtake them for the final playoff spot in the West. Tonight will be their finale of a 3-game in 4-day home stand that’s seen them split the first 2. The Stars have gone 22-18 versus the money line at home this season, and have earned at least 1-point in 29 of those 40 contests.

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Baffling Blues
The St. Louis Blues looked to be an absolute lock to win the Central Division, and a solid bet to finish atop the Western Conference standings just a couple of weeks ago. That was until their recent 4-game losing streak enabled the red-hot Colorado Avalanche to tie them for 1st in the division, and the Anaheim Ducks to take a slim 1-point lead in the West. The Blues come off a 4-2 loss at Minnesota last night, and they continued a very disturbing trend of struggling to score goals. The Blues have now scored 2-goals or less in each of their previous 7-games, and 13 of the last 14. Following tonight they will close the regular season schedule by hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.


NHL Betting System
Play against any road team versus the money line that allows 2.55 goals or less per game, and has allowed 3 or more goals in each of their previous 4 contests. By playing on the home team in this exact situation you would be 23-7 (76.7%) during the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Stars +100 over the Blues