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Stars at Blues preview

Injuries lead to Caamano, Gardner debuts for Dallas; Thomas out for St. Louis

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

STARS (0-1-0) at BLUES (0-0-1)

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

The Game

The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars will meet at Enterprise Center on Saturday for the first time since the Western Conference Second Round last season.

The Blues eliminated the Stars in seven games when forward Pat Maroon scored in double overtime of a 2-1 win. St. Louis went on to win its first Stanley Cup.

Dallas was forced to juggle its lineup following injuries to defenseman Roman Polak (upper body) and forwards Jason Dickinson (upper body) and Blake Comeau (lower body) in a season-opening 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Dickinson and Comeau were placed on injured reserve retroactive to Thursday. Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Polak is still sore and will not play Saturday.

Forward Nick Caamano and center Rhett Gardner will each make his NHL debut for Dallas after being recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Blues forward Robert Thomas is day to day because of an upper-body injury sustained in a season-opening 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Stars captain Jamie Benn has 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 39 career games against St. Louis.

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo needs one point for 400 in the NHL; he has 94 goals and 305 assists in 689 NHL games.

 

They said it

"It would have maybe been a little easier to root for them if they didn't go through us. I would have been a little bit more on their bandwagon, but obviously when they go through you, you're not really cheering for anybody after that." -- Stars goalie Ben Bishop on the Blues

"They obviously added [Joe] Pavelski to their team, [Andrej] Sekera on the back end, a moving defenseman with skill. I think their scoring depth is better ... They're a good team. You've got [John] Klingberg and [Miro] Heiskanen back there, two elite defensemen. Their team goes as those guys go in my opinion." -- Blues coach Craig Berube on the Stars

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Seguin

Joe Pavelski -- Roope Hintz -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Justin Dowling -- Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano -- Rhett Gardner -- Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Joel L'Esperance

Injured: Jason Dickinson (upper body), Blake Comeau (lower body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Robby Fabbri -- Tyler Bozak -- Zach Sanford

Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Alexander Steen

Carl Gunnarsson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Justin Faulk

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Mackenzie MacEachern

Injured: Robert Thomas (upper body)

 

Status report

Hanley and L'Esperance were recalled from Texas on Saturday but will not play. ... Gunnarsson and Sanford each will make his season debut. Gunnarsson will replace Bortuzzo and Sanford will replace Thomas.

 

Stat pack

Seguin has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 29 games against St. Louis. ... Tarasenko has 23 points (16 goals, seven assists) in 27 games against Dallas. 

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