NHL Betting Picks: March 3rd 2013
St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars
Prediction: Under 5 goals
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The Blues rank in the top 10 in the NHL in goals scored, with an average of nearly three goals per game. They also own the league’s #1 power-play unit, scoring on roughly 30% of their chances on the man-advantage. It might not be so easy for the Blues to keep it up offensively though, with several key players going down with injuries.
Their leading scorer Alex Steen is out of the lineup with an upper body injury, Vladimir Tarasenko is also out of the lineup with a concussion. Jamie Langenbrunner is out for the season, and Andy McDonald is also out with a knee injury. That’s a lot of offensive firepower missing from the Blues roster.
Dallas welcomed starting netminder Kari Lehtonen back to the lineup on Thursday, but he was lit up for five goals on 38 shots in a 5-1 loss to Edmonton. The 29 year old may have been a little rusty in his first game back, and he’s likely to be better after having his first game under his belt. Lehtonen has been brilliant for the Stars this season, with a record of 7-3-1 with a 2.38 GAA.
The Blues have also welcomed back their starting goalie, with Jaroslav Halak getting back from an injury that has kept him out for a few weeks. Halak is 5-1-1 with a 1.90 GAA this season.
St Louis is a very stingy team defensively, allowing very few shots on goal. The Blues have limited opponents to 20 shots or fewer in four of Halak’s last five starts.
The under is 3-1-1 the last five times these teams have faced each other in Dallas. Goals should be few and far between on Sunday afternoon in “Big D”.
Take the UNDER.
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