DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for the Saturday night contest between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
David Perron – David Backes – T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald – Alexander Steen – Vladimir Tarasenko
Jayden Schwartz – Patrik Berglund – Chris Stewart
Vladimir Sobotka – Scott Nichol – Ryan Reaves
Wade Redden – Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman – Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell – Roman Polak
Scratches: Ian Cole, Matt D’Agostini, Jamie Langenbrunner.
NOTES: St. Louis has posted shutouts in two of its first four games, including a 4-0 blanking of Nashville at Scottrade Center on Thursday. Wade Redden made his Blues debut against the Predators, seeing 17:23 of ice time in his first NHL action since 2010. Heading into the contest Saturday, St. Louis has the NHL’s second-ranked power play, converting at a rate of 53.8 percent (7 of 13) and is tied for second in the League with seven power-play goals. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was behind the Dallas bench between 1996 and 2002, leading the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup. RW Jamie Langenbrunner has spent two stints in Dallas, the first from 1994 through 2002 and the latter coming in 2011 when he skated in 39 games after coming over prior to the trade deadline.
Loui Eriksson - Derek Roy – Reilly Smith
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Vernon Fiddler - Eric Nystrom
Ryan Garbutt – Tom Wandell – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas
Aaron Rome - Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon - Philip Larsen
Scratches: Jordie Benn, Tomas Vincour.
Injuries: Jamie Benn (signed contract Thursday), Jaromir Jagr (back), Kari Lehtonen (undisclosed "tweak").
NOTES: This concludes a short, two-game homestand for Dallas, who lost 3-2 to Chicago in overtime on Thursday night. Through their first four games, the Stars have been on the power play six fewer times than their opposition. Dallas put the Blackhawks on the PP seven times in the OT loss with Chicago converting on three of those opportunities. Rookie goaltender Christopher Nilstorp gets his second NHL start against the Blues. Nilstorp was also between the pipes for Dallas in a 1-0 loss Sunday at Minnesota and stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced from the Wild.