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Preview: Blues vs. Stars

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. STARS

When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or ticketmaster.com

 

THE MATCHUP

The St. Louis Blues have turned in some pretty solid performances all around over the last two games but are just 1-1 on their current three-game homestand and 2-5-1 over their last eight games overall.

"Power play has been good, penalty kill has been pretty solid. Our special teams have been good," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube told reporters on Friday. "A lot of good stuff is going on, but not the No. 1 thing: wins. And that's what we care about.

"As coaches and players, you've got to find ways to win games," Berube added. "We're going to probably nitpick here and there about certain things, that's what we do. That's the way it goes."

The Blues will be looking for a win on Saturday against the division rival Dallas Stars, a team that is seven points behind the Blues for the lead in the Western Conference.

The Stars are coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 loss on Friday night against the Minnesota Wild, who scored three unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit. Joel Eriksson Ek scored the game-winning goal for Minnesota with 25.7 seconds left in regulation.

Video: Kelly, Vitale preview matchup vs. Stars


HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Blues and Stars will meet for the third of five meetings this season on Saturday night. The Blues are 2-0 against the Stars this season and 6-3-0 over the last nine meetings (including the postseason).

St. Louis has posted more wins against Western Conference opponents (22) than any other team in the League.


BLUE NOTES

Alex Pietrangelo will play in his 744th career game on Saturday, moving into a tie with Brett Hull for fifth on the Blues' all-time list…David Perron has a five-game point streak against the Stars (three goals, four assists)… Zach Sanford has nine points in his last seven games (four goals, five assists) and saw his career-best six-game point streak come to an end Thursday. Before Thursday's loss to Winnipeg, the Blues had collected points in 11 straight games at home (10-0-1).

Video: Blues meet Stars for Saturday showdown

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