Stars-Blues Preview

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 7:54 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blues Preview
Previewing Saturday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues.

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Saturday, November 23
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (11-8-2) lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers at American Airlines Center Thursday, running their home winless streak to four games (0-2-2). The Stars, who outshot the Rangers 43-27 in the game, were tied 1-1 going into the third period, but gave up two quick goals early in the final frame to give the Rangers control of the game.

“It was a 1-1 game going into the third period. We've got to find a way to get those points. We didn't, so it's disappointing,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

The Stars will now head back on the road, where they have won six straight games. They’ll be facing the Blues, who own the best points percentage in the NHL.

“They’ve got a big team, a good team and they’re really strong on the puck,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

“It’s tough to get inside. Maybe the best defense in the league, or close to it. It’s going to be an opportunity to see where we are at.”

It will be the first time the Stars will play against former captain Brenden Morrow, who signed with St. Louis in September.

The Stars traded LW Lane MacDermid to Calgary Friday for a sixth round pick in 2014.

Injuries: LW Ray Whitney (groin) is questionable.

About the Blues

The Blues (15-3-3) are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory in Boston on Thursday. Derek Roy scored in regulation and then scored the deciding goal in the shootout. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock saw the contest against the Eastern Conference leading Bruins as a measuring stick game.

“Well I think if that’s the level, that’s a pretty high level,” Hitchcock said. “I think we know there’s another level out there, and I think going home and getting ready for it is going to help us. So we got the information we needed.”

The Blues, who are 7-1-1 over the last nine games, are off to the best start in franchise history through the first 21 games.

The Blues went 2-1-0 on their three-game road trip. They play their next two at home, where they are 9-1-2.

Injuries: F Patrik Berglund (upper body) is probable. D Jordan Leopold (finger) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Blues this season.

*The Stars were 1-2-0 against St. Louis last season.

*The Stars are 100-116-47 all-time vs. St. Louis.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-0-0 in their last six road games.

*The Blues have points in seven straight home games (5-0-2).

*The Stars are 1-3-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blues are 6-0-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blues, who have the league’s top-ranked power play at 25.3 percent, are 5-18 (27.8 percent) on the power play over the last five games.

*The Stars have allowed four power play goals over the last five games and are 10-14 (71.4 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 8-1-0 on the road with a 1.93 goals against average and .936 save percentage.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals with 12.

*Seguin and Jamie Benn co-lead the Stars in points with 23.

*Alexander Steen leads the Blues in goals (17) and points (26).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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