St. Louis Blues Try to Avoid Sending Stars Series to Elimination Game on Saturday

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Game 5 of the St. Louis Blues-Dallas Stars series will definitely force a potential elimination game on Monday, but the Blues will hope they’re guaranteed at least two more games when Saturday’s game is over.

The St. Louis Blues will travel back to American Airlines Center in Dallas and face the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon, playing what will be the fifth game of the series between the two teams with the best regular season records in the Western Conference. Since the series is tied 2-2, Monday’s Game 6 will definitely be an elimination game for one team; the Blues are just hoping that they’re not the team that is on the brink of elimination once Game 5 is complete.

Due to the nature of their losses in Game 1 and Game 4, it’s perfectly reasonable to assert that the Blues could have put away Dallas in four games. With that said, they squandered opportunities in both games, and now they have their backs against the wall to an extent with Dallas holding home-ice advantage the rest of the way. After going 4-1 (and a perfect 3-0 at home) against the Stars during the regular season, the Blues have now dropped two of four to the Central Division winners, and with one loss each at home and on the road, there’s no clear way to know how the Blues will perform.

Especially since it’s a day game taking place just about 38 hours after the end of Game 4, Saturday’s game may be the most interesting of the series, just because it will be such a grind. Check out the next few pages to see what the lineups will look like for the contest:

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