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Stars-Blues Game 5 Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Saturday, May 6

Noon

TV: NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


The Stars avoided a 3-1 hole and tied the series 2-2 with a 3-2 overtime win Thursday in St. Louis when Cody Eakin scored 2:58 into the extra period.

“We bounced back from Game 3 (loss). We responded well. That’s what good teams do,” said Stars center Radek Faksa. “We’re happy the series is tied and we have home-ice advantage.”

The series is down to a best-of-three. The Stars will get Game 5 and a Game 7 – if necessary – at American Airlines Center. The Stars had the second-best home record in the NHL and have won three of five home games in the playoffs.

“Absolutely it matters,” Eakin said of home ice. “The way our crowd has been supporting us, for the next three games it is going to be loud out there, and we are going to use that to our advantage.”

Stars forward Patrick Eaves, who has missed the past three games with a leg injury, practiced Friday. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Eaves is questionable for Saturday. Forward Tyler Seguin, who has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury, is skating on his own but is not ready to play, Ruff said.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (leg) is questionable. C Tyler Seguin (lower body) is out.


Friday was a travel day for the Blues, who headed to Dallas in the afternoon. The Blues will look to bounce back after Thursday’s overtime loss which prevented them from grabbing a stranglehold on the series.

“From our standpoint, we did a lot of good things against their best game. We're not too down on us in here,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “It's a 2-2 series. We get a chance to go back to Dallas and try to steal another one in their building and build the momentum going back to Scottrade.”

The Blues are not surprised to be tied at 2-2 after four games. Center Paul Stastny said it’s been a “pretty even” series so far.

“I think it's been back and forth. [Thursday] could have gone either way. That's what we expect,” Stastny said. “I don't think anyone, like I said in the first series, no one expected four straight. You knew they were going to come hard. You win a game 6-1, good teams forget about it right away, you know they were going to bring their best effort. They found a way to win it. Now we fix a couple things we didn't like about our game, and we keep playing the same way going into Dallas.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said he could make some lineup changes, but didn’t tip his hand on what he might do.

Injuries: None


*Three of the four games in the Stars-Blues series have been decided by one goal and two have been settled in overtime.

*The Stars are 3-2 at home in the playoffs, including 1-1 vs. St. Louis.

*The Blues are 3-2 on the road in the playoffs.

*Among goaltenders with three or more decisions, Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen’s .833 winning percentage (5-1) was the second-best in the playoffs through Thursdays’ games. Only Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray’s .857 (6-1) was better.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn led the NHL playoffs in scoring through Thursday’s games with 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists).

*Through Thursday, Stars center Radek Faksa was tied for the lead in goals (3) among rookies in the NHL playoffs and was tied for third in points (5).

*Blues forward Robby Fabbri led all rookies in points with 8 (1 goal, 7 assists).


Game 1 – Apr. 29: Stars 2, Blues 1

Game 2 – May 1: Blues 4, Stars 3 (OT)

Game 3 – May 3: Blues 6, Stars 1

Game 4 – May 5: Stars 3, Blues (OT)

Game 5 – May 7: St. Louis at Dallas, Noon

*Game 6 – May 9: Dallas at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

*Game 7 – May 11: St. Louis at Dallas, 7 p.m.

*If necessary

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com 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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