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Preview: Stars look to bounce back in St. Louis

After falling to Vegas on opening night, Dallas hopes to get on track against a division rival

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Saturday, October 7
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM / 96.7-FM


About the Stars

The Stars (0-1-0) lost their season opener, falling 2-1 to Vegas on Friday at American Airlines Center. The Stars led 1-0 after two periods on a Tyler Seguin power-play goal, but Vegas forward James Neal scored twice in the third period as the Golden Knights rallied for a win in their first-ever regular season game. The Stars outshot Vegas 46-30.

"Lots of chances, I think the key thing to take away from tonight's game, it's not the chances, but it's the times we make a couple of mistakes in the critical point in the game," Seguin said. "We need to find ways to play in those key moments and not be the first team to make a mistake."

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop left the game early in the third period after getting hit in the mask by a shot. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Bishop is "fine." Bishop stopped all 19 shots he faced before leaving the game. Kari Lehtonen played the rest of the way and stopped nine of 11 shots.

The Stars will now regroup and move onto St. Louis for Saturday's game against a Central Division rival.

"It's our first opportunity for a bounce-back game," Seguin said. "We know what it's like going into St. Louis. They're a competitive team, more size. It's a tough building to play in, so we're going to have to simplify more and play 60 minutes."

The Stars return home after Saturday's game and will host Detroit on Tuesday.

Injuries: G Ben Bishop (head) is probable.


About the Blues

The Blues (1-0-0) opened the season with a 5-4 overtime win at Pittsburgh Wednesday. The Blues squandered a 4-2 lead in the third period, but Alex Pietrangelo scored 1:15 into the extra period put a damper on a night the Penguins raised the 2016-17 Stanley Cup championship banner.

"Obviously, a special night for them. We're not going to deny that," Pietrangelo told media after the game. "They deserve to have that night. Hopefully, we get that opportunity. … We know what it is. You want to come in here and spoil the party."

Jake Allen made 29 saves for the Blues who are missing several key players to start the season.

After hosting the Stars, the Blues head out on a four-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams.

Injuries: F Alexander Steen (hand), D Jay Bouwmeester (ankle), F Patrik Berglund (shoulder), F Robby Fabbri (knee), and F Zach Sanford (shoulder) are out.


Season Series
  • This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Blues this season.

  • The Stars were 1-1-2 (4 points) vs. the Blues last season.

  • The Blues were 3-1-0 (6 points) vs. the Stars last season.

  • The Blues have won five straight games against the Stars in St. Louis.


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars were 1-for-4 on the power in Friday's season opener and 7-of-7 on the penalty kill.

  • The Blues were 1-for-4 on the power play in their first game and 4-for-5 on the power play.

  • Stars center Tyler Seguin had ten shots on goal and 13 shot attempts in Friday's game.

  • Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo had eight shots on goal and four blocked shots in Wednesday's win at Pittsburgh.

  • Stars coach Ken Hitchcock coached the Blues over the course of six seasons (2011-2017) and posted a 248-124-41 record.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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