On Monday night, the St. Louis Blues will take on the Dallas Stars in game 3 in their 2nd round matchup in Dallas. The series is tied 1-1 after 2 games in St. Louis and the Stars have seized home ice advantage for the series. The Blues finished the season 3rd in the Central with a 45-28-9 record and the Stars were 4th in the Central with a 43-32-7 record.
The Blues won their 1st round matchup against the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 and won all 3 games on the road. Jaden Schwartz leads the Blues with 5 goals this postseason and hat a hat-trick in game 6 against Winnipeg. Alex Pietrangelo leads the team in points and assists with 7. Jordan Binnington has saved 215 of his 236 shot attempts so far for a save percentage of .911. Binnington allowed 6 goals in 3 games in the Winnipeg series and has been one of the best goaltenders in the league since taking over the starting job.
In game 1 against the Stars, the Blues got production from the man they need to score goals in Vladimir Tarasenko. He scored 2 goals including the game winning goal to give the Blues a 3-2 win. He has scored most of his goals on the power play and the Blues will need him to score in the 5 on 5 if they want to win this game and series. He did not record a point in game 2 and they ended up losing 4-2. Robby Fabbri had the opening goal in game 1. Colton Parayko scored a goal and had an assist in game 2 and Jaden Schwartz tallied a goal in game 2. Tarasenko will be they key in this one as the Blues are more likely to win if he can get on the board. Also, the Blues are just 1 for 7 on the powerplay this series.
Dallas Cleaned up for Game 2
The Stars won their 1st round matchup against Nashville 4-2 as well and lost just 1 game at home in the series which happened to be game 3. Roope Hintz leads the Stars with 4 goals this postseason and has 7 points. Jamie Benn leads the team in assists with 6 and has 2 goals to lead the team in points with 8. Ben Bishop has been great this postseason, saving 255 of his 272 shot attempts for a save percentage of .938. Bishop allowed just 4 goals in 3 home games against the Predators in the 1st round.
In game 1, Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza each tallied goals. Benn had an assist in game 2 but Spezza was nonexistent. Roope Hintz led the way in game 2 as he scored 2 goals and tallied an assist, with one goal coming on an empty net. Miro Heiskanen scored a goal in game 2 as well as Mattias Janmark. Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello each tallied 2 assists in this game and Jamie Benn picked up 1 helper. The Stars have gone 1 for 4 on the power play this series.
Blues Road Warriors
The Stars are -120. Ben Bishop has definitely been the better goaltender this series, but Jordan Binnington has been better overall this season. Binnington has allowed some weak goals this postseason and has been unlucky at times. There has been points when he keeps the Blues in the game when they are getting dominated in possession. Also, the Blues have not lost a game on the road this postseason and do not get rattled by the road crowd. In the famous words of Jordan Binnington, “Do I look nervous?” I think Binnington will come out with something to prove after having a bad game 2 and lead the Blues to an important road victory here. Take the Blues EVEN.
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