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Entering Game 6 of their second-round playoff matchup with the Dallas Stars on Monday, the St. Louis Blues find themselves in a situation similar to the one they were in during the first round against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Only this time, a loss at the Scottrade Center would send the series back to Dallas for a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday.
The Blues are listed as -155 favorites (bet $155 to win $100) to knock out the Stars at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
St. Louis is coming off a 4-1 road victory in Game 5 on Saturday behind a goal and an assist from rookie forward Robby Fabbri, who has been one of the keys to the series so far. When the 20-year-old Fabbri has notched a point against the Stars, the Blues have won. When he has not, they have lost.
They have also gotten a lot of help from veteran winger Troy Brouwer, who has seen similar results with five points (three goals and two assists) in the three wins and none in the two losses. Brouwer scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 against the Blackhawks, his former team, to close out the first round.
Chicago trailed that series 3-1 before winning Games 5 and 6 to tie it up.
Dallas finds itself in a tough spot heading into Game 6 at St. Louis but has enjoyed some success away from home in the postseason. The Stars won twice on the road in their first-round series with the Minnesota Wild, and they earned a 3-2 victory in double overtime against the Blues in Game 4 after getting crushed 6-1 in Game 3.
They have really missed their second-leading scorer Tyler Seguin in this series, as he has not played since Game 2 against the Wild due to an Achilles injury that has yet to fully heal. Seguin missed the last 10 games of the regular season but still finished with 73 points.
The over is 3-1-2 in the past six meetings between these teams, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database after the under cashed in six of the previous seven. St. Louis is 9-3 in the last 12 games between the teams and still has a major edge in net, with goaltender Brian Elliott stopping 148 of the 158 shots he’s seen in the series (.937).