As the Dallas Stars come to town, the Blues will look to expand on a 5-1 run since November 15.
The St. Louis Blues host the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center on Monday, playing the second game of a five-game homestand. The Blues will look to build on an extremely successful run during which they’ve five of their past six. Since snapping a three-game losing streak–and a rut in which they’d won just four of 13 games while being outscored 41-26–the Blues have looked much more composed, outscoring opponents 21-13 since a November 15 win over Buffalo.
It will be the first time that the Stars have visited Scottrade since last season’s second-round playoff series, when the Blues defeated Dallas in a heated seven-game battle. The Blues have played the Stars once this season, visiting American Airlines Center on November 3 and playing perhaps their worst game of the year to date. Jake Allen gave up five goals on 26 shots and the Blues’ defensive coverage was severely lacking. Paul Stastny and Alex Pietrangelo scored, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome a dominant Dallas offensive attack.
Dallas has been rather mediocre as of late (fifth place in the Central Division with 23 points) and has been on the same type of “win one, lose one” streak that the Blues were on right around this time a year ago. Beginning with an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on November 15, the Stars have rotated wins and losses for six straight games. The Blues will be in luck if that trend continues, as the Stars defeated the Canucks 2-1 on Friday.
Let’s take a look at the lineup the Blues are expected to utilize on Monday: