Gameday Preview: Dallas Stars Host St.Louis Blues (7:00pm CDT)

The Dallas Stars return to the American Airlines Center tonight for preseason action against the St. Louis Blues. They're entering their third preseason game tonight and it's the second game for a lot of players, which presents a chance to do some more fine tuning of the details that the "backbone" is in place.

"For sure it is," said Gulutzan after morning skate at the AAC. "...Just our power play stuff... we're fine tuning. We're taking the games prior and kind of taking the good stuff out of those games and some of the bad stuff and we keep showing it to the guys every day. We want to keep redifing ourselves every day and our habit."

Tonight's lineup:

Fraser-Ribeiro-Ryder
Eriksson-Fiddler-Dvorak
Wathier-Sceviour-Sawada
Gazdic-Roman-Godard

Goligoski-Pardy
Dillon-Robidas
Jordie Benn-Fortunus

Lehtonen
Raycroft

We're not yet aware of any radio feeds from the St. Louis side of things, so as usual in the preseason, your best bet is going to be to stay glued to twitter if you want updates or to just come on down to the American Airlines Center and party with us.

It's breaking this afternoon that Eric Godard has cleared waivers, but we were told at morning skate that he would be in the lineup today.

This will be the first preseason game for Stephane Robidas, who told us he's very, very excited to get back on the ice and that he's felt ready for some time now. Glen Gulutzan reiterated that they've just been being extra, extra careful with him. Robidas will be paired with Brenden Dillon, who told me he's excited to play his first game at the AAC.

No update on Brenden Morrow, who is still taking the tweak of a knee very, very slowly for precautionary reasons.

 

The St. Louis Blues:

The Blues will roll with a veteran laden lineup including the likes of Andy McDonald, T.J. Oshie, Crombeen, Alex Steen, Barret Jackman, Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk, etc... Though the roster they've given the Stars today has 24 skaters on it so that will have to be cut down a bit. They've played a heavy preseason schedule already, going a strong 3-1-0 and could be a bit further along in their execution and fine tuning because of it, so it should be a pretty competitive game. St. Louis' speed always gives the Stars fits and they're looking to have a big bounce back year after another disappointing injury laden season.

St. Louis trimmed their roster down to 41 players today.

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Saturday the club has assigned Stefen Della Rovere, Brennan Evans, Jake Gannon, Derek Nesbitt, Chase Polacek, Tyler Shattock, David Shields and Brett Sonne to the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate, Peoria Rivermen.

The club also returned Stephen MacAulay, Ty Rattie, Ryan Tesink and Yannick Veilleux to their junior teams.

The Blues currently have 41 players on the roster.

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