The Dallas Stars
will be at something less than full strength when they visit St. Louis for one of six games on Monday's NHL schedule.
Not only will the Stars be playing at one of the NHL's toughest arenas for visitors -- the Blues are 18-3-3 after Saturday's 3-2 shootout win against Minnesota -- they'll be without their top two centers, Mike Ribeiro
is expected to sit out his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and leading scorer Jamie Benn
is out after undergoing an appendectomy on Sunday.
Fans in the United States can see the game on the NBC Sports Network, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. Canadian viewers can tune in on TSN2.
Monday's action gets under way at 1 p.m. ET with a holiday matinee on Long Island, where the Nashville Predators
will make a rare visit. Nashville brings a four-game winning streak to the Nassau Coliseum after beating Philadelphia 4-2 on Saturday; the Islanders beat Buffalo by the same score on the same night. The game can be seen on the NHL Network in Canada as the start of a doubleheader.
At 4 p.m. ET, Colorado tries to build on its 2-1 victory at Dallas on Saturday when it visits Phoenix in the second half of the NHL Network twin bill for Canadian viewers. The Coyotes are back home after a 4-3 loss at Columbus on Friday that capped an 0-1-2 road trip.
The rest of Monday's schedule begins at 7:30 ET. In addition to the Stars-Blues game, Buffalo continues its road trip in Detroit, where the Wings tied a franchise record for consecutive home wins on Saturday by beating Chicago 3-2 in overtime for its 14th in a row at Joe Louis Arena.
Winnipeg, a 2-1 home loser to New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, begins a road trip in Ottawa. The Senators are 8-0-1 in their last nine after winning 3-2 in a shootout at Montreal on Saturday. Also, Boston tries to rebound from a 4-2 loss at Carolina on Saturday when it visits Florida, where the Panthers have been off since Friday's 4-1 home loss to Pittsburgh.