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Preview: Blues vs. Stars

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. STARS

When: Saturday, Feb. 29 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

When the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars met last week, the Blues cruised to a 5-1 win at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

"I wouldn't expect that again," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said.

What Berube intended with that comment was that such a lopsided victory was an outlier - games between these division rivals are typically much, much tighter. As you might remember, the Blues and Stars played a tightly-contested second-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season that wasn't decided until double overtime in Game 7. This season, the Blues are 3-0-1 against the Stars. Two of the games were decided by one goal, another was decided by two goals, and then there was last week's outlier.

"We already talked about it. It's going to probably be the toughest game of the year in my opinion," Berube said. "They're gonna come in here and they're going to have an angry on. It's going to be a physical, hard game. It's a big game for both teams, it really is. We can get some more separation from them (in the standings), and obviously they're trying to gain on us. It's one of those games everybody looks forward to."

A six-game winning streak for the Blues has given them some breathing room over Dallas in the Central Division standings. The Stars sit six points behind the Blues for the division lead with one-game in hand. The Colorado Avalanche are currently in second place - five points behind the Blues with three games in hand as of Friday afternoon.

Video: Pang, Vitale preview matchup vs. Stars


WORTH NOTING

With a win on Saturday, the Blues would have their third winning streak of seven games or more this season - a feat the club has never accomplished in its 53-year history. The Blues have scored 22 goals and given up just nine in their current six-game winning streak, which is the second longest active winning streak in the NHL behind the Vegas Golden Knights, who have won seven straight.

Jordan Binnington needs just one more win at home to match the franchise record for the most home wins by a Blues goaltender in a single season (21). Grant Fuhr (1997-98), Curtis Joseph (1993-94), Roman Turek (1999-2000) and Brent Johnson (2001-02) are the only Blues goaltenders to record 21 home wins in the regular season. Earlier this season, Binnington became the fastest goaltender in Blues history to reach 50 wins.


HOT VS. DALLAS

- David Perron has a seven-game point streak (four goals, five assists)

- Colton Parayko has a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists)

- Ryan O'Reilly has seven points in his last six games (two goals, five assists)

- Jaden Schwartz has 12 points in his last 15 games (four goals, eight assists)

Video: Blues stargaze on Saturday night

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