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Preview: Blues at Stars

St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo 'good to go' after injury scare; Dallas forward Jiri Hudler will miss game because of illness

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

BLUES (5-3-2) at STARS (3-4-2)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-SW, NHL.TV


Blues team scope 

St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will play after he had his leg tangled up with New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller on Tuesday and missing practice Wednesday. "Good to go. Little bit of a scare," Pietrangelo said. "But I got a little bit of treatment yesterday and it worked." The Blues have won seven of their past nine games at American Airlines Center, including three in the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. "This was a very intimidating building when I first came to St. Louis, players would make comment that they felt like we were skating uphill," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "There isn't the intimidation factor anymore. We figured out a way to play them." Goalie Jake Allen will start after allowing four goals on 20 shots before being pulled for Carter Hutton during a 5-0 loss to the Rangers. 


Stars team scope

Dallas Stars forward Jiri Hudler won't play because of an illness; coach Lindy Ruff said they are waiting on the test results. Hudler previously missed five games with an illness until returning to the lineup on Oct. 29. The Stars face the Blues for the first time since losing Game 7 of the second round. "They got in the way of what we were trying to do last year," captain Jamie Benn said. "What better way to start the first meeting between us this year with us getting in their way." The Stars have scored three goals during a three-game losing streak, including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. "I think the last two games have been more of the game we want to play," Benn said. "It was unfortunate how it ended, but I think we are working in the right direction." Goalie Antti Niemi will start after making 25 saves against Columbus. 


Blues projected lineup

Alexander Steen -- Patrik Berglund -- David Perron  

Jaden Schwartz -- Jori Lehtera -- Vladimir Tarasenko  

Robby Fabbri -- Paul Stastny -- Nail Yakupov  

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo 

Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk  

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko  

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton 

Scratched: Ty Rattie, Brad Hunt, Dimitri Jaskin 

Injured: Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) 


Stars projected lineup 

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza

Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Brett Ritchie

Curtis McKenzie -- Gemel Smith -- Adam Cracknell

Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn

Antti Niemi 

Kari Lehtonen  

Scratched: Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Patrick Sharp (concussion), Mattias Janmark (knee), Cody Eakin (knee), Ales Hemsky (groin), Jiri Hudler (illness) 


Status report

McKenzie is back in the lineup for the Stars after being scratched against the Blue Jackets. … Upshall enters the Blues' lineup after sitting the past two games. 


Who's hot

Seguin has three goals in his past four games. … Stastny has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games against the Stars.

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