STARS (0-1-0) at BLUES (1-0-0)
8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-SW, NHL.TV
Coach Ken Hitchcock can reach a milestone by defeating the team that fired him eight months ago when the Dallas Stars play the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Stars hired Hitchcock on April 13 after he'd spent six seasons coaching the Blues before being replaced by Mike Yeo on Feb. 1. A win by Dallas would give Hitchcock 782 in his NHL coaching career, tying him with Al Arbour for third on the all-time list.
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start for Dallas, which lost 2-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights at home on Friday. Lehtonen allowed both goals after starter Ben Bishop was removed from the game with concussion-like symptoms with 16:02 remaining in the third period after taking a shot in the mask. Bishop skated Saturday morning, but Hitchcock said the plan was for Lehtonen to start the second half of the back-to-back and that Bishop, who cleared concussion protocol, will dress as his backup.
The Blues will play their home opener. They began their season by defeating the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday.
Players to watch
Stars captain Jamie Benn's next assist will be the 300th of his NHL career. Benn has 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games against St. Louis.
Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo scored twice against the Penguins, including the game-winner in overtime. It was the first time he scored two goals in a game since Feb. 12, 2012, against the San Jose Sharks.
They said it
"We've got to find a way to grow our game. We've got to get more players playing better. If we can do that, we'll be in good shape. We had some players that really played well but we need more players to play better and that's an important challenge for us." -- Hitchcock
"I don't think that we'll be sitting down and having coffee with each other. I'm still incredibly grateful and appreciative of my time with [Hitchcock]. I learned a lot from him and I really enjoyed working with him. He's going to want to beat us, and we're going to want to beat his team. We've got to make sure we're ready to go." -- Yeo, an assistant under Hitchcock, on facing his former boss
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie
Devin Shore -- Martin Hanzal -- Tyler Pitlick
Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Adam Cracknell
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Marc Methot -- Jamie Oleksiak
Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns
Scratched: Gemel Smith, Greg Pateryn, Julius Honka
Blues projected lineup
Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Dmitrij Jaskin
Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Tage Thompson
Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson -- Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Nate Prosser, Ivan Barbashev, Wade Megan
Injured: Alexander Steen (hand), Jay Bouwmeester (ankle)
Cracknell, who played 39 games with St. Louis in 2012-14, will make his season debut Saturday replacing Smith, who was minus-1 on Friday.
Lehtonen is 13-6-3 with a 2.18 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and three shutouts in his career against St. Louis. … Five Blues (Pietrangelo, Schwartz, Schenn, Stastny and Sobotka) each had two points against the Penguins in the season opener.