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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Monday, November 28
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-8-5) defeated Vancouver, 2-1, Friday at American Airlines Center. Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots and defenseman Esa Lindell scored his first NHL goal and also picked up an assist. Radek Faksa also scored for the Stars, who bounced back from a 5-2 loss from Nashville in their previous game. 

"I think we played really good," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg. "We got two points, which is what we wanted. We've got some stuff to work on, but it is huge for us to get two points and get some confidence going."

The Stars improved to 5-2-2 over their past nine games.

Dallas recalled D Stephen Johns from Texas (AHL) on Sunday. Johns played two games with Texas, scoring three goals.

D Johnny Oduya (lower body) and RW Jiri Hudler (illness) skated before Sunday's practice in Frisco, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff said neither player was expected to travel with the team to St. Louis.

Monday's game opens a four-game road trip for the Stars who will also play at Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Colorado.

Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (lower body), RW Jiri Hudler (illness), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Blues

The Blues (12-7-3) defeated Minnesota, 4-3, in a shootout Saturday in St. Louis. Jaden Schwartz scored two goals and David Perron registered two assists and the lone goal in the shootout as the Blues shook off a late game-tying goal by the Wild to win their fourth straight at home.

"It would have been nice to close it out in regulation, team chasing us too, you give them an extra point, but we'll take the two points," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told media.

The Blues improved to 5-1-0 over their past six games and 7-0-2 in their past nine games at home.

Monday's game is the second of a five-game homestand for the Blues.

Injuries: F Alexander Steen (upper body) and D Joel Edmundson (upper body) are day to day.

Season Series

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, 6-2, in Dallas on Nov. 3.

*The Stars were 0-1-2 in St. Louis last season, but are 4-2-2 at Scottrade Center over the past three seasons.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 3-5-3 on the road.

*The Blues are 9-1-2 at home.

*The Stars are 5-6-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blues are 5-2-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars have allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past nine games.

*The Blues have scored three goals or more in seven straight games.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in 11 of their 22 games.

*The Blues have allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of their 22 games.

*The Stars are 18-20 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the past seven games.

*The Blues are 8-22 (36.4 percent) on the power play over the past seven games.

*Blues forward David Perron is on a seven-game points streak (2 goals, 8 assists).

*Blues forward Jaden Schwartz is on a six-game points streak (5 goals, 3 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has registered 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in his past nine games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in scoring with 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists).

*Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues in scoring with 22 points (9 goals, 13 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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