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Stars will play Blues in Western Conference Second Round

Dallas defeats Nashville; St. Louis eliminated Winnipeg

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The Dallas Stars will play the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Second Round.

Dallas, which was the first wild card in the West, will start the series at St. Louis, which finished third in the Central Division. Game 1 is at Enterprise Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET: NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

The Stars defeated the Predators 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 on Monday to win that best-of-7 first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.

"It's going to be a tough challenge just like Nashville," Dallas captain Jamie Benn. "Obviously, St. Louis has probably been one of the best teams, if not the best, since, whatever, January. They've been on a great run. So it's going to be another hard-fought battle."

The Blues eliminated the Winnipeg Jets with a 3-2 win in Game 6 on Saturday.

"It's one series and it was good to win it in front of our home crowd here after losing the last two (games)," St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington said. "We're excited and we'll take a little rest here and prepare for the next series."

The Stars were 3-1-0 against the Blues, outscoring them 13-7. Jamie Benn scored five goals in four games for Dallas, including a hat trick in a 4-1 win March 2. John Klingberg had seven points (two goals, five assists), and Tyler Seguin had six points (three goals, three assists). Ben Bishop was 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .941 save percentage. Anton Khudobin made 43 saves in a 5-2 win on Feb. 21.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals in the four games, and Oskar Sundqvist had three assists for St. Louis. Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron, Ryan O'Reilly and Jaden Schwartz each had two points. Binnington was 1-2-0, allowing eight goals on 66 shots (2.76 GAA, .879 save percentage); Jake Allen allowed three goals on 17 shots in a 3-1 loss Jan 8.

The Blues have won seven of 13 playoff series against the Dallas/Minnesota North Stars, including two of four since the Stars relocated to Dallas for the 1993-94 NHL season. St. Louis defeated Dallas in seven games in the second round in 2016, the most recent time the teams played.

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