Blues forward Jaden Schwartz (17) lunges toward the puck against Stars captain Jamie Benn (14). (Photo courtesy: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)
2/29: Blues/Stars, Enterprise Center, 7pm CT – FSMW, EPSN 101.1
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues (38-17-10) look to keep the good times rolling, seeking their 7th straight win against the Dallas Stars (37-21-6) in a division rivalry series finale. St. Louis got their 6th straight against the New Yok Islanders, where they dominated play for the final two period, allowing just 4 combined shots on net. Vince Dunn scored a late game-tying goal, and Colton Parayko nailed a wraparound pass in OT to get the Blues the 3-2 win.
“It took everyone to win that game, it wasn’t just one guy,” Dunn said. “We had some big moments. … A tough penalty by me there to kind of set the team back but we found a way to stick with it.”
The Stars will be looking for revenge tonight after the Blues dominated them last week in Dallas, 5-1. They look to get back into the win column after a late-game rally in Boston came short against the Bruins, 3-4.
“We already talked about it today,” Berube said Friday. “They’re gonna come in here and they’re gonna have an ‘angry’ on, and it’s gonna be a physical, hard game. It’s a big game for both teams. It really is. We can get some more separation from them, and obviously they’re trying to gain on us. It’s one of those games that everyone looks forward to.”
The Blues and Stars complete the season series tonight, with the Blues going 3-0-1 in their previous four contests this year against Dallas. St. Louis will don their Heritage jerseys tonight at 7pm on Fox Sports Midwest and ESPN 101.1.
Blais and de la Rose in
After the Blues played 11 forwards and 7 defensemen on Friday, Sammy Blais will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch. De la Rose will also return after Jordan Kyrou will miss tonight with an illness. De la Rose has been scratched in 12 of 13 games this February, playing in Dallas on Feb. 8.
“We have a really good team here so it’s tight to get into the lineup,” he said. “I’ve got to keep my head up and stay positive and wait for my chance and when I get it, I’ve got to take it.”
When Sammy Blais was scratched for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, it was a message that Berube wanted Blais’ recent play to improve. “He wants me to be better and I think I can be better too,” Blais said. “He wants me to elevate my game and just be better all-around. I think last game was just a little reset and I’m going to be ready to go tonight.”
“He always gives you effort and he always gives you physicality out there, which is a good thing,” Berube said of Blais. “He just has to manage his game a little bit better. You know, I think he thinks of the outcome more than just the process a lot of times. I think what he does a lot of times is every shift, he wants to score a goal. I get that; I did too, but you gotta focus on just playing the game and doing things right out there. Sometimes I think he gets a little caught up in that.”
Ryan O’Reilly has 6 points (2G 4A) in his last 5 games… Brayden Schenn has a goal in his last three contests, after having none in his last 8… Jaden Schwartz has points in 4 straight games (1G 5A)
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