St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
Sunday March 3
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
The Stars (10-9-2) are coming off a 5-1 loss to Edmonton at American Airlines Center on Thursday. The Stars were down 2-0 after one period and any thoughts of a comeback effort were dashed by a rash of penalties. They ended up being shorthanded nine times in the game.
“It was an odd night. It was an odd night,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “They got a couple of bounces early and the penalties didn’t allow us to get back in the game.”
Thursday’s game against Edmonton began a stretch that will see the Stars play 11 of 15 games at home, where they are 4-4-1 this season.
Kari Lehtonen is the expected starter in goal for the Stars.
Injuries: D Philip Larsen (shoulder), D Aaron Rome (foot) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) are out.
About the Blues
The Blues (11-7-2) are coming off a 4-2 win over Edmonton in St. Louis Friday. The Blues allowed two goals in 23 seconds late in the first to fall behind 2-0, but scored four unanswered goals for the win.
“Even after the first period we felt if we could get the next goal we could make a game of it. We got a great goal from (Jaden Schwartz) and away we went,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “I thought our second period was excellent. I thought we did a lot of good things in the second and really started to take the game over.”
Sunday’s game begins a five-game road trip for the Blues, who are 6-2-1 away from home this season.
The Blues put center Alexander Steen (shoulder) on injured reserve Saturday.
Brian Elliot is expected in goal for the Blues.
Injuries: C Alexander Steen (shoulder), C Andy McDonald (knee), RW Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion) and RW Jamie Langenbrunner (hip) are out.
*This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.
*January 26, St. Louis at Dallas: Blues 4, Stars 3
*The Stars have allowed four goals or more in six of the last eight games, and have surrendered 33 goals over those eight games (4.13 per game).
*The Blues allow the fewest shots per game in the NHL (22.6), but have the worst team save percentage in the league (.876).
*The Blues, who have the league’s top ranked power play at 29.4 percent, are 1-15 with the man-advantage over the last six games.
*The Stars have allowed at least one power play goal in six of the last eight games and are 29-36 (80.6%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.
*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 7-2-0 in his career vs. the Blues with a 1.64 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
*Blues goaltender Brian Elliot has played two games in his career against the Stars, posting a 0-1-0 record, 3.32 goals against average and .907 save percentage.
|Streak||Lost 1||Won 1|
|Goals/game||2.67 (17th)||2.85 (12th)|
|Goals against/game||2.95 (22nd)||2.80 (17th)|
|5-on-5 F/A||0.95(19th)||0.86 (23rd)|
|Power play||17.1 (14th)||29.4 (1st)|
|Penalty kill||83.7 (12th)||80.0 (20th)|
|Shots/game||27.3 (26th)||28.4 (20th)|
|Shots against/game||30.7 (22nd)||22.6 (1st)|
|Faceoffs||47.8 (24th)||49.3 (21st)|
|Goals||Benn, Eriksson, Jagr: 6||Berglund: 9|
|Assists:||Goligoski: 10||Shattenkirk: 14|
|Points:||Benn, Jagr: 14||Steen, Shattenkirk: 16|
|Goaltenders||Lehtonen: 7-3-1, 2.38, .927
Bachman: 2-3-0, 3.92, .848
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
|Halak: 5-1-1, 1.90, .901
Allen: 3-1-0, 2.62, .895
Elliot: 3-5-1, 3.57, .849