A berth in the Western Conference Final will be on the line on Wednesday when the Dallas Stars play host to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of their second-round series as -120 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Stars forced a decisive seventh game with a 3-2 victory in St. Louis on Monday, fending off the Blues’ comeback efforts after jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, hanging on to claim their second straight victory as road underdogs.
Dallas now enters Wednesday night’s Blues vs. Stars betting matchup at American Airlines Center gunning for their first victory in a Game 7 since 2000, when they last advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Stars have been getting it done against St. Louis despite their struggles to find the back of the net. The club has tallied just 13 total goals through the first six games of the series, marking a steep decrease in offensive production after averaging just under 3.5 goals per game over their previous 17 outings.
Despite the dip in production, those loyal to the UNDER in totals betting have been frustrated by pushes in the past three games of this series, with the UNDER paying out just once, in the Stars’ 2-1 victory in Game 1.
The Blues, meanwhile, will look to maintain their strong record on the road of late, with nine wins in their past 11 away from Scottrade Center, including victories in Games 2 and 5 of this series, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
A lot is on the line for St. Louis, which has not clinched a berth in the conference finals since 2001, and is looking to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970.
The Blues are also a disappointing 3-7 in their past 10 Game 7 matchups, but remain deadlocked with the Stars at +450 odds to win the Stanley Cup for the first time.
The winner of Wednesday night’s contest will await the winner of Thursday night’s Game 7 matchup between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks. The Predators forced Game 7 with a second straight overtime victory on home ice on Monday, but travel to San Jose as +145 underdogs at the sportsbooks to post a fourth straight victory while facing elimination.