Game Thread: Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

How will the Stars bounce back from a traumatic night against an impossibly tough division opponent? Come chat with us and we'll sort it out together.

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7:00pm CST on Fox Sports Southwest PLUS

On the Blues, which I wrote last night before the incident:

The Blues acquired Ryan Miller before the trade deadline and got what they paid for as he ripped off four straight wins. For grins they played Brian Elliott last night against the Wild, also a win, and in so doing saved Miller for Dallas tonight.

St. Louis stumbled briefly out of the break, dropping a 1-0 decision to Anaheim and then inexplicably letting Vancouver have two points in another 1-0 game. That scoreless streak stretched to eight periods when they failed to score on Phoenix before a four-goal explosion in the third period.

Scoring has remained a bit slow for them, but sometimes that's how they like it. Their shot totals of late (22, 25, 22, 29, 30, 18, 20, 26, 27) are wholly unimpressive, but they keep their opponents to even fewer, generally, and are happy to win despite only scoring twice, as they've done in each of their last three outings.

Dallas put 30 and 35 shots on them in previous meetings this season- to no avail.

They've not lost at home to a Central Division opponent this season (8-0-0). In fact, the only teams to take regulation wins out of there this season have been from California- San Jose, Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim. Conference Finals intrigue?

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That's right. They've been known to put Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, and Steve Ott on a line. Their defense is just too good. I don't want to type it all out.

Ryan Miller on the back makes these guys a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup this year. This one is tough. And the Stars will see them AGAIN on the second night of a back to back this season, and then again at home. If they want to make the playoffs, they have to find a couple of points in these three games. It's as simple as that.

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