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Stars-Blues Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
Thursday, November 3
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (3-4-2) lost 3-2 in overtime at Columbus Tuesday. The Stars had a 2-1 lead late in the game, but the Blue Jackets scored on a power play with 15.1 seconds left in regulation to tie and then won it 46 seconds into overtime.

"That was a bad point. You want to get two [points] when you lead with 20 seconds left," said Stars center Jason Spezza. "We are frustrated with the loss. That was a pretty good game on our part. We controlled the play all night. It was frustrating to lose that game."

The Stars, who outshot Columbus 38-28 and had a 73-55 advantage in attempted shots, are 0-2-1 in their past three games and 1-3-2 over the past six.

This will be the first regular-season meeting between the Stars and Blues since the two teams met in round two of last season's playoffs and the Blues knocked the Stars out in Game 7.

"We are focusing on something else right now, playing better and being more effective and scoring more," said Stars forward Antoine Roussel. "Whoever we play, we will bring the same energy and similar urgency."

Thursday's game opens a two-game homestand for the Stars and a stretch of four straight games against Central Division foes.

Injuries: RW Patrick Sharp (concussion-like symptoms), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee) and Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Blues

The Blues (5-3-2) are coming off a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The Blues are 1-2-1 in their past four games, scoring one goal or fewer in each of the games during that stretch.

"I think the overall game plan for me is more of a concern," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told media after the game. "If we stick to our game we're going to score goals and we're kind of getting away from that game plan. Simplify the game, get more traffic and we'll score goals."

Pietrangelo, who suffered an injury in Tuesday's game, did not practice Wednesday but is likely to play on Thursday.

The Blues placed D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled D Brad Hunt from Chicago (AHL).

Thursday's game wraps up a two-game road trip for St. Louis.

Injuries: D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of four meetings between the Stars and Blues this season.

*The Stars were 1-1-3 (5 points) vs. St. Louis last season.

*The Blues were 4-1-0 (8 points) vs. Dallas last season.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have scored six goals over their past five games.

*The Blues have scored three goals over their past four games and have scored one goal or fewer in six of their past seven games.

*The Stars rank 27th in goal scoring at 2.22 per game.

*The Blues rank 28th in goal scoring at 2.20 per game.

*The Stars are 2-3-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blues are 2-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 2-1-1 at home.

*The Blues are 2-2-1 on the road.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in scoring with 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists).

*Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues in scoring with 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists).

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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