Stars aim to end Blues' home winning streak
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A little more than a week ago, the Dallas Stars ended the St. Louis Blues' franchise-record winning streak. It's been even longer since Dallas became the last opponent to win in St. Louis.
The Blues have an opportunity for some payback while looking to extend their season-high home winning streak to eight games Saturday night when they oppose the Stars.
Jamie Benn had two goals and Anton Khudobin made 43 saves as the Stars won 5-2 at Dallas on Feb. 21, ending St. Louis' 11-game streak. Though the Blues are sitting a rather comfortable third place in the Central Division, they're amid an 0-2-1 road slide following a 5-2 loss at surging Carolina on Friday.
That's why St. Louis should be eager to return home, where it has outscored opponents 25-11 while going 7-0-0 -- two shy of matching the team record -- at the Enterprise Center since a 3-1 loss to Dallas on Jan. 8. In between those two defeats to the Stars, the Blues won 3-1 at Dallas on Jan. 12.
The fourth-place Stars are five points behind St. Louis in the Central, and they currently hold the top Western Conference wild-card spot.
"It's going to be a hard game (Saturday)," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "(The Stars are) fighting for their playoff lives, too."
Jordan Binnington was in net while St. Louis split its two games at Dallas, and he could start Saturday after Jake Allen stopped just 19 of the 23 shots he faced Friday. Binnington, the NHL's Rookie of the Month for February, is a remarkable 7-0-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage as a starter at home.
He set a franchise rookie record with his fifth shutout Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Nashville.
Benn had success against Binnington and the Blues last week, but it's uncertain if the star winger will miss a third consecutive contest due to an upper-body injury. Fellow forward Andrew Cogliano, though, could be available after he sat out Dallas' 4-3 overtime win at Los Angeles on Thursday, also with an upper-body injury.
The Stars are also missing recently acquired Mats Zuccarello, who broke his arm in his team debut on Sunday, a 4-3 Dallas win at Chicago.
On Thursday, Roope Hintz scored late in overtime as Dallas rallied from an early 2-0 hole to improve to 2-1-0 on a four-game trip. The Stars have not won back-to-back contests since a season-high, five-game winning streak from Jan. 19-Feb. 4.
"We're happy with two points (at Los Angeles)," forward Tyler Seguin told the Stars' official website. "I think winning in St. Louis would be a big confidence builder, and we're looking forward to the opportunity."
Seguin has three goals and two assists over the past six games, and he has the same totals in three meetings with the Blues this season. He scored twice and added an assist in the January win at St. Louis.
Khudobin has a 2.66 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage during a three-game winning streak. Teammate Ben Bishop, meanwhile, owns a 2.03 GAA in his past two starts, though both were losses as Dallas totaled one goal. Bishop has a 2.04 GAA while splitting his two outings against the Blues in 2018-19.
St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko has 16 goals and 16 assists over his past 26 games. Three of those goals came against Dallas.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 2, 2019