Stars-Blues Preview

January, 1, 2011
1/01/11
10:35
PM CT
Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Sunday January 2
5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars lost 4-1 to Vancouver on Friday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars outshot the Canucks, 45-22, but gave up three power-play goals in the game.

'We did a lot of good things. We had 45 shots and hit a bunch of posts,' said forward Steve Ott. 'Our penalty kill was awful. If our penalty kill plays well we have a chance to win that game, obviously.'

The Stars are 1-3-1 in their last five games.

Kari Lehtonen is scheduled to start in goal Sunday for the Stars.

Injuries: No major injuries

About the Blues

The Blues ran their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 win over Phoenix in St. Louis on Friday. The Blues built a 4-0 lead and then held off the Coyotes, who scored three times in the third period to make a game of it.

"We wanted to finish the year on a winning note," Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak said. "Fortunately for us, we got a 4-0 lead. We got a little comfortable in there, giving them opportunities to score goals, but they all count. We got the two points and that's all that matters right now."

The Blues are 8-3-1 over their last 11 games.

Injuries: C Andy McDonald (concussion), C T.J. Oshie (ankle), LW David Perron (concussion-like symptoms) and C Dave Scatchard (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is fourth and final meeting of the season between the teams.

*The Stars are 3-0-0 in the season series.

*The Blues are 0-2-1 in the series.

*Saturday October 16 | at Dallas | Dallas 3, St. Louis 2 (SO)
Friday November 26 | at Dallas | Dallas 3, St. Louis 2
Saturday November 27 | at St. Louis | Dallas 2, St. Louis 1

Statistical Tidbits

* The Stars have won four straight games on the road.

*The Blues have won four straight games at home.

*The Stars are 14-21 (66.7%) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*The Blues are 2-19 (10.5%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Stars are 1-13 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Blues are 12-13 on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has points in eight of the last nine games (4 goals, 9 assists).


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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