Gameday: Blues at Stars

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) makes a glove save against Stars captain Jamie Benn (14). (Photo courtesy: Tom Fox, Dallas Morning News)

11/29: Blues/Stars, 7:30pm CT, American Airlines Center: FSMW, ESPN 101.1

Dallas, TX – The St. Louis Blues (15-5-6) will shake off their Thanksgiving meals as they head to the heart of Texas to take on the Dallas Stars (15-9-2). The Blues swept the season series against Tampa Bay on Wednesday when Oskar Sundqvist scored a pair to secure a 4-3 win. However, Sundqvist was injured in the second period and will not be re-evaluated until next Monday.

The Dallas Stars, after a horrid 1-7-1 start to their first 9 games, are the hottest team in the West right now, going 14-2-1 since October 19 and rocketing into 2nd in the Central. Behind goaltending tandem Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin, the Stars have returned back to form.

“We’ve worked hard to dig ourselves out of that (1-7-1) hole and put us in a good position at Thanksgiving,” newest star Joe Pavelski told NHL.com. “But now, it’s about getting right back after it and playing the same type of hockey we’ve been playing.”

The Blues and Stars met early in the season on October 5th, when St. Louis edged them out 3-2. The Blues and Stars play each other three more times in the regular season, all in February 2020. You can follow the Blues tonight on Fox Sports Midwest, ESPN 101.1, or streaming on Fox Sports GO.

Injuries Mounting

The St. Louis Blues suffered another critical injury in Wednesday’s win over Tampa Bay: Oskar Sundqvist, who scored a pair of goals in that game and 8 on the season exited the game in the 2nd period with what is reported to be a serious foot injury. “It’s gonna be a while probably,” coach Craig Berube said Thursday. “We don’t know for sure. When we get back home and our doctors look at him, MRI and things like that, we’ll know more.”

That puts him, Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Blais out long-term with a lot of open holes in the roster to be filled. The Sundqvist injury likely means Austin Poganski will get be the latest AHL player to get first NHL start tonight in Dallas. It’s another blow to the St. Louis Blues ever-growing list of injuries, and the Blues depth (and doctors) will be fully tested this season.

Stars Shining

After a dismal 1-7-1 start to the season, the Dallas Stars have torn apart the league – to the tune of 7 straight wins and a 14-1-1 through 16 games. After head coach Jim Montgomery called out his superstar forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, they’ve been getting the job done: Seguin leads the team with 15 assists and 21 points. Captain Benn and former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski both have 5 goals on the year, and goaltending duo Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin have put up stellar numbers: a combined .928 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average.

More notable than the superstar veterans, however, have been the rookies: 20 -year-old defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been on a tear this season, scoring 6 goals, 11 assists and 17 points, leading all defenseman for the Stars. 23-year-old Roope Hintz has proved his mettle as well: his 10 goals on the year leads the team. After a sluggish start to the year, the Dallas Stars looked poised to repeat their season success from last year.

Blue Notes

David Perron and Brayden Schenn have points in 5 straight games.

Ivan Barbashev scored a career-high 3 assists in Wednesday’s contest against Tampa.

Tyler Bozak snapped an 8-game point drought with 2 assists.

The Blues and Stars drop the puck in American Airlines Center tonight at 8:30 pm ET. To follow tonight’s game, tune in to:

STL: FSMW, ESPN 101.1, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com

DAL: FSW, KTCK 1310, Fox Sports Go, NHL.com

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