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Dallas can extend home winning streak to eight, longest since moving from Minnesota; St. Louis 3-1-1 in past five

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BLUES (15-5-6) at STARS (15-9-2)

8:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNW, SNP, FS-SW+, FS-MW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars can tie their longest home winning streak since moving from Minnesota and win for the 15th time in 18 games overall when they host the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Friday.

The Stars have won seven consecutive home games, one shy of a Dallas record eight-game home winning streak from Jan. 23-March 13, 2006. The longest home winning streak in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history is 11 games, set from Nov. 4-Dec. 27, 1972. 

Dallas is 14-2-1 in its past 17 games after opening the season 1-7-1. The Stars lost 3-0 at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday to end a seven-game winning streak and 12-game point streak (11-0-1).

The Blues are 3-1-1 in their past five games following a three-game winless streak (0-1-2).

 

Players to watch

Blues forward David Perron has five points (three goals, two assists) in a five-game point streak.

Stars defenseman John Klingberg has four assists in his past three games after missing the previous six with a lower-body injury.

 

They said it

"Every team has to [trust its organization's depth] at some point. It's unfortunate with these injuries and more than anything, it's the length of them that hurts. We're going to need these guys to play well for a while." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

"It's like another playoff game. It's a big game for us because it's a four-point game. We can get closer to them if we win tonight. I would say it's probably the most important game of the season so far." -- Stars forward Radek Faksa

 

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Ivan Barbashev -- Tyler Bozak -- Troy Brouwer

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Nathan Walker

Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Derrick Pouliot -- Justin Faulk

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Austin Poganski

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body), Alexander Steen (ankle sprain), Sammy Blais (wrist), Oskar Sundqvist (lower body), Carl Gunnarsson (illness)

Suspended: Robert Bortuzzo

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Justin Dowling -- Tyler Seguin

Alexander Radulov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Denis Gurianov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Mattias Janmark, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Stephen Johns (post traumatic headaches)

 

Status report

Walker and Pouliot each will make his St. Louis debut. … Dowling will return to the lineup after missing the past two games with nausea. … Stars defenseman Joel Hanley was placed on waivers Friday with the intent to reassign him to Texas of the American Hockey League.

 

Stat pack

Pietrangelo is one goal from 100 in the NHL. … Schenn has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak. … St. Louis is 4-1-1 against the Central Division this season. … The Blues will return to American Airlines Center for the first time since the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. … Dallas is 5-2-1 against the Central Division this season. … Seguin has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven games.

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