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The #FreeHonka crowd won’t be pleased, and other roster info for tonight.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the Dallas Stars had a bit of a dud performance on Tuesday night at home versus the Nashville Predators, their recent run is still pretty good. They’ve won 7 of their last 10 games, and they’ve put some distance between themselves and some of the rest of the Central Division pack in the standings.

The key, of course, is to keep that momentum rolling.

They have a heavy weight bout versus a Central Division opponent ahead of them in the standings standing in their way to that goal. While St. Louis has been more pedestrian in their last 10 games than Dallas (5-4-1), they’re still pretty good at home (9-5-0 on home ice) and they have one of the best goal differentials in the division (+17).

Dallas’ struggles on the road and against Central Division opponents so far this season are well known. Putting the two components together presents Dallas with an even tougher road challenge. It comes on the heels of having their win streak broke, and it’s important that Dallas keep that loss on Tuesday from snowballing into something bigger.

They’ll try to do just that tonight at the Scottrade Center when the puck drops at 7 pm CDT.

Ben Bishop, Dallas’ starting goaltender, is out today with back soreness. Mike McKenna has been recalled from the Texas Stars to backup Kari Lehtonen, who will get the start tonight.

In other roster news, it seems that Julius Honka will be scratched again (cue the #FreeHonka meetup now) and Antoine Roussel appears to be working his way back from illness but not quite ready to draw back into the lineup tonight.

That means the lines and defensive pairings are likely not changing all that much from the last game:

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Jason Spezza - Devin Shore
Remi Elie - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick
Curtis McKenzie - Gemel Smith - Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Greg Pateryn
Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns

The Blues will roll a pretty heavy - and talented - lineup tonight to try to match up against Dallas. With last change, it’ll be interesting to see who will get the job of shutting down Tarasenko and company tonight:

Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Alexander Steen
Magnus Paajarvi - Patrik Berglund - Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen will take the net.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on