Stars-Blues Preview

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 6:00 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blues Preview

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues

Tuesday March 11

7:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (31-23-10) had their game vs Columbus Monday night postponed 6:23 into the first period after forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. Peverley was in stable condition and resting comfortably at a Dallas hospital Monday evening.

“We treated him for a cardiac event, successfully treated with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine. “As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was alert and awake talking to us after the event and quickly transported to the hospital.”

Doctors said it is too early to determine the long-term outlook for Peverley, who will undergo evaluation in the days ahead.

The league will make a decision about the remainder of Monday’s game at a later date.

The Stars enter Tuesday’s contest in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, one point ahead of Phoenix.

Tuesday’s game will begin a stretch where Dallas will play four of the next five on the road.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (head) and F Rich Peverley (heart) are out.

About the Blues

The Blues (44-14-6) won their fifth straight game, defeating Minnesota, 3-2, in a shootout Sunday in St. Paul. The Blues squandered a 2-0 lead in the game, but T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout and Brian Elliot stopped Minnesota’s Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

“Third game in four nights, we showed some tired legs,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “It was good we got a 2-0 lead so we could manage our minutes a little bit. I thought we made some tired decisions sometimes with the puck.”

Sunday’s game wrapped up a three-game road trip for the Blues, who will play their next two at home.

The Blues enter Tuesday’s game one point ahead of Anaheim for the best record in the league.

Injuries: F Vladimir Sobotka (leg) and Jordan Leopold (ankle) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars are 0-1-1 in the season series and the Blues are 2-0-0.

*November 23, Dallas at St. Louis: Blues 6, Stars 1

*December 29: St. Louis at Dallas: Blues 3, Stars 2 (OT)

*The Stars have lost four straight at St. Louis.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games.

*The Blues are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games.

*The Blues rank second in goal scoring at 3.17 goals per game.

*The Blues rank third in goals against at 2.22 per game.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in the last four games and are 6-19 (31.6 percent) during that stretch.

*The Blues are 23-24 (95.8 percent) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.

*St. Louis is 36-1-4 when scoring the first goal of the game and 8-13-2 when the opposition scores first.

*The Stars are 21-9-3 when scoring first and 10-14-7 when the opposition scores first.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (29) and points (66).

*Alexander Steen leads the Blues in goals (29) and is tied for the team lead in points with T.J. Oshie (50).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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