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StarPoints For 4/4 vs St. Louis

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

St. Louis Blues (38-31-9) @ Dallas Stars (34-35-10)
7:00PM - American Airlines Center
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up is fourth and final meeting between the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars this season. Tonight’s game also marks the final home game of the 2008-09 season for Dallas. The Stars have a three-game road trip next week to close out the season as they face Minnesota, Colorado and Anaheim. Dallas has had trouble against the Blues this season and are in danger of being swept in the season series tonight, having lost the first three games of the season. The Stars hold a 58-41-23 record all-time at home against the Blues.
2.)  Fabian Brunnstrom’s goal Thursday night against the Flames was the 14th of the season. Brunnstrom has put together a solid rookie season for the Stars, recording 24 points through 51 games in 2008-09. Among NHL rookie leaders, he is ranked tied for 10th in goals and ranked first in game-winning goals with five. The 23-year-old is ranked first on the club in shooting percentage (20.6%) and eighth in overall goals.

3.)  James Neal recorded his first assist in 22 games in Thursday’s contest against Calgary. The rookie has had little trouble adjusting to the NHL scoring game, with 24 goals through 73 games. However, he has been unable to stay consistent in the assist department. Neal has now recorded 12 assists in his rookie campaign and will be looking to increase that total with four games left in the regular season. The 21-year-old ranks tied for 10th in scoring among NHL rookies and second in goals.
4.)  Trevor Daley close to coming back into the lineup. Since he suffered a lower-body injury Mar. 26 vs. Los Angeles, Daley has missed four games this season (the first he has missed in 2008-09). Daley is working his way back into the lineup and will be a game-time decision before Tonight’s game. “I feel a lot better every day. Hopefully I feel good again tomorrow,” Daley said Friday. “I want to play, it’s really tough to sit and watch.”
5.)  One to watch for: David Backes, one of many young players on the St. Louis roster, has helped the Blues turn on the gas to close out the season. The 24-year-old is one of two 30-goal scorers this season for St. Louis. Playing in all 78 games, Backes has scored 30 goals and 21 assists for 51 points. He is currently in his third season in the NHL and has shattered his previous career high of 13 goals in a season, set in 2007-08. The Minneapolis native is also not afraid of the penalty box, as he has spent 163 minutes in the sin bin for first on the Blues and eighth in the NHL in penalty minutes. In 10 career games against the Stars, Backes has scored one goal and three assists for four points.

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