STARS AT BLUES
9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVAS
Best-of-7 series tied 2-2
The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues will each try to take the lead in Game 5 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Thursday.
The Stars tied the series when they defeated the Blues 4-2 at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. When a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has an all-time series record of 207-57 (78.4 percent), including 2-2 in the playoffs.
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The Blues have an all-time series record of 7-1 when winning Game 5 after being tied 2-2; the Stars are 10-1.
Here are 5 Keys for Game 5:
1. Stars standing pat
Dallas got the results it desired after juggling lines in Game 4; Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello were moved to the first line with center Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov went to the second line with rookie center Roope Hintz. Those six players combined for nine points (two goals, seven assists).
It's no surprise coach Jim Montgomery will go with those same combinations in Game 5.
2. Blues tweaking defense
Defenseman Joel Edmundson will enter the lineup and play with Alex Pietrangelo on the Blues' top pair. Edmundson, a healthy scratch the past two games, replaces Robert Bortuzzo.
"You sit out a couple games, you get to see the game from a different angle," said Edmundson, who has two assists in the playoffs. "I'm just looking to get back out there and bring the physicality. I'm paired with [Pietrangelo] tonight, so hopefully we'll get in a nice rhythm and we're getting going every other shift."
3. Pietrangelo staying steady
On the topic of St. Louis defensemen, Pietrangelo has been a consistent contributor with nine points (goal, eight assists) 10 postseason games and is the Blues' leading playoff scorer; he has at least one point in four of his past five games.
4. Finding face-off rhythm
The Stars have been happier with their work on face-offs in the past two games; they won 66 of 129 face-offs in Games 1 and 2 (51.2 percent) before winning 80 of 131 in Games 3 and 4 (61.1 percent).
"Our big focus is always trying to get better within the series and face-offs was a key right from Day One, just because [Blues center Ryan] O'Reilly's so good at it and so is [Tyler] Bozak," Montgomery said. "So if we could tie up and win draws with faceoff intensity -- we look at faceoffs as a five-man unit -- that's a big part of what we've been doing, and we've done a much better job in 3 and 4 than we did in 1 and 2."
5. Keeping their cool
The Blues may have let emotions get the best of them in Game 4; goalie Jordan Binnington, who was called for roughing and slashing, said St. Louis isn't concerned about getting caught up in things in Game 5.
"[Game 4] wasn't going our way, emotions were high, and it's playoff hockey and stuff happens," Binnington said. "You just go from there. It happens. You pick your stuff up -- well, I didn't drop anything -- but you carry on the same way. And that's just what we're going to do tonight."
Stars projected lineup
Jason Dickinson -- Tyler Seguin -- Mats Zuccarello
Jamie Benn -- Roope Hintz -- Alexander Radulov
Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau
Jason Spezza -- Justin Dowling -- Tyler Pitlick
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak
Taylor Fedun -- Ben Lovejoy
Scratched: Valeri Nichushkin, Gavin Bayreuther, Brett Ritchie, Dillon Heatherington, Landon Bow, Mattias Janmark
Injured: Jamie Oleksiak (lower body), Marc Methot (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns (upper body), Joel Hanley (upper body)
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Brayden Schenn -- Oskar Sundqvist -- David Perron
Pat Maroon -- Tyler Bozak -- Robert Thomas
Robby Fabbri -- Ivan Barbashev -- Alexander Steen
Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Carl Gunnarsson
Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Michael Del Zotto, Sammy Blais, Zach Sanford, Mackenzie MacEachern, Chris Thorburn, Ville Husso
Fedun is likely to replace Hanley, who played in Game 4 and is day-to-day; Montgomery said Heatherington and Bayreuther are options.
NHL.com correspondent Louie Korac contributed to this report
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