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Start Of Homestand Versus Blues Tonight Comes At Good Time For Stars

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It’s the first in a six game homestand for Dallas, who has been very good on AAC ice this season.

NHL: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With a win tonight, the Dallas Stars could record a 3-1-0 record versus Central Division opponents in their recent stretch of the schedule. It’d be the first time in a long time that they could say they’ve done that.

Luckily, they’ve been lethal on home ice this season, recording a 12-4-1 record so far. Tonight’s matchup marks the start of six straight home games and a big opportunity for Dallas to start racking up points and continuing to put space between themselves and the rest of the teams fighting for a wild card spot.

After a lackluster effort on the road versus the Minnesota Wild, stars head coach Ken Hitchcock hasn’t made any changes to his recent iteration of lines:

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Devin Shore
Mattias Janmark - Martin Hanzal - Alexander Radulov
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick
Remi Elie - Jason Spezza - Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn
Stephen Johns - Julius Honka

Ben Bishop starts in net tonight, marking his sixth consecutive start since missing a few games on the eastern road swing earlier this month due to back soreness.

Dallas will get a struggling St. Louis Blues squad on the other side of the ice. In their last nine games, the Blues have scored three goals just twice, as well as two games where they’ve scored just two goals, three games where they’ve scored just one goal, and two shutouts.

The Blues head coach, Mike Yeo, has recently shuffled his lines in an effort to spark goal scoring, something Stars fans are quite familiar with. Lines out of their practice yesterday looked as follows:

Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Tage Thompson
Ivan Barbashev - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Those that skated as potential scratches included Oskar Sundqvist, Magnus Paajarvi, Jay Bouwmeester, and Jordan Schmaltz. For Bouwmeester, his absence from the lineup will be due to injury and not as a healthy body not playing.

With the game being the first of a back-to-back for the Blues, and with tomorrow night’s contest being a home affair against the Carolina Hurricanes, I’d expect Jake Allen to start tonight with Carter Hutton getting the start tomorrow. It’ll be a nice change-up for the Stars, who seem to be drawing a lot of opponents’ backup netminders of late.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM CST, with the game on FSSW+ (yet again) and on the home of the Stars, The Ticket (96.7 FM / 1310 AM / theticket.com).