Apr 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (58) chases St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka (17) during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blues defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars


BLUES (3-1-0) at STARS (2-1-1)

TV: FS-MW, FS-SW

Time: 7:00 pm.

About the Stars

The Dallas Stars are coming off a devastating 3-2 OT loss against the Chicago Blackhawks after taking too many penalities and turnovers during the game. Kari Lehtonen was their biggest Star as he helped the Stars earn that point in OT. They got goals from Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney.

Yesterday, Jamie Benn signed a 5 year contract with the Stars but will not play tonight.

Cristopher Nilstorp will get the start in net.

Injuries: Dallas forward Jaromir Jagr is out with a back injury. Aaron Rome will play after missing four games with a groin injury

About the Blues

The St. Louis Blues are coming off a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators as they got goals from T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and rookie Vladimir Tarasenko continued his torrid pace with another goal. The defense was solid in front of Jaroslav Halak who needed to make just 13 saves for his second shutout already this season and the 24th of his career.

Halak will get the start in net for the Blues

Injuries: none

Game Stats

  • Michael Ryder is two points away from his 400th career point with 199 goals and 199 assists.
  • Vladmir Tarasenko leads the rookies in goals (4) and points (6)
  • Cody Eakins traded from the Capitals for Mike Ribeiro, has three assists in the last two games after being placed on a line with Ray Whitney and Michael Ryder.

Here are some stats to look at between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.

 
Stats

 4 GP  4
3 W  2
1 L 1
0 OT 1
6 PTS 5
0.750 P% 0.625
3.50 G/G 2.00
1.50 GA/G 2.00
53.8 PP% 16.7
82.4 PK% 73.7
33.2 S/G 26.2
19.5 SA/G 38.2
45.7 FO% 44.5

Season series: First of three meetings. Dallas won the opening match up on the 2011-12 slate, but St. Louis took the next three. Blues forward Chris Stewart scored three goals, the only player in the series on either side to have more than one.

date Vis/Home Final
April 7, 2012 STL @ DAL STL, 3 – 2
Jan. 16, 2012 DAL@ STL STL, 1 – 0
Dec. 26,2011 DAL@ STL STL, 5 – 3
Oct. 13, 2011 STL@DAL DAL, 3 – 2

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