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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, February 16

7:00 p.m.


Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (37-15-5) won 3-2 in overtime at Nashville Monday night. Mattias Janmark scored with 1:11 left in the extra period for the Stars, who won their fourth straight game.

“We’ve been good in overtime. We scored again tonight. I thought we played a pretty solid, strong game,” said Stars center Cody Eakin, who scored a shorthanded goal in regulation. “When they get rolling in this building, it’s pretty hard to stop them. We fought back and waited for our turns and waited for our opportunities.”

The Stars are 7-1-0 in their past eight games.

The Stars improved to 6-3 in games settled in 3-on-3 overtime.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars, who have won five straight games away from home.

Injuries: C Jason Spezza (upper body) and LW Travis Moen (lower body) are on injured reserve.

The Blues (32-17-9) are coming off a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay Saturday. Brian Elliott stopped 37 shots and Patrik Berglund’s controversial goal with 2:19 left proved to be the game-winner. Berglund’s goal, which gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead, was initially waved off because the referee ruled that the St. Louis forward kicked in the rebound of his own shot off a breakaway. But that call was overturned on video review.

“I put on the brakes, and it bounced and it went in," Berglund told “I didn't have my hopes up because I looked at the ref and he didn't confirm the goal, and that was that. Then they reviewed it. I thought it was a good goal, and I'll take it and move on.”

The win pushed the Blues’ points streak to four games (3-0-1) and gave them a 7-2-2 record in their past eleven games.

The Blues went 2-0-0 on a road trip against Tampa Bay and Florida. Thursday’s game begins a two-game homestand in which the Blues also play Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles.

Injuries: G Jake Allen (lower body), D Alex Pietrangelo (knee) and F Steve Ott (hamstring) are on injured reserve.

*This is the fourth of five meetings between the Stars and Blues this season.

*The Stars are 1-1-1 (3 points) in the season series.

*The Blues are 2-1-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*Dec. 12, at St. Louis: Blues, 3, Stars 0

*Dec. 26, at St. Louis: Blues 3, Stars 2 (SO)

*Dec. 27, at Dallas: Stars 3, Blues 0

*The Stars are 4-2-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars are 6-1-0 since the All-Star break.

*The Blues are 4-1-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 13-5-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Blues are 12-6-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in six of their past seven games.

*The Blues have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their past ten games.

*The Stars are 6-23 (26.1 percent) on the power play over the past seven games.

*The Blues are 32-35 (91.4 percent) on the penalty kill in their past ten games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 30 goals and Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 64 points.

*Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis in goals (27) and points (49).

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 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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