Preview: St. Louis at Dallas

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Matchup Edge
STL Edge in: DAL
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Dallas Stars staved off elimination with a huge road victory and now have a chance to clinch a spot in the Western Conference final on their home ice when they host the St. Louis Blues in Wednesday night's winner-take-all Game 7. Dallas is seeking its first Game 7 victory since beating Colorado in the 2000 Western Conference final.

The top-seeded Stars stunned the Blues by jumping out to a quick three-goal lead and holding on for a 3-2 victory in Game 6 to bring the series back to Dallas. "We still have to win two in a row, which we have not been able to do in this series," Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen said. "That's something that's our goal. It's still alive so we just need to relax now and get ready for the next one." Monday's loss dropped St. Louis to 1-3 in potential series clinchers, but the Blues did eliminate reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago in Game 7 of the first round and have won twice in Dallas in this series. "I know one thing: We're going to come and we're going to come after them, big-time," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS

ABOUT THE BLUES: Hitchcock opened some eyes following Game 6 when he told the media that "I want to sleep on" a decision for his starting netminder for Game 7 after Brian Elliott was yanked in the first period for allowing three goals on seven shots. Although St. Louis has a viable alternative in Jake Allen, who opened the season as the team's No. 1 netminder before getting hurt, Elliott has started every game in the postseason after posting a 23-8-6 mark and 2.07 goals-against average in the regular season. "He's the ultimate pro," Allen said of Elliott. "He'll definitely be ready. He's been the best player on our team the whole playoffs and he'll be ready to go again."

ABOUT THE STARS: Although Dallas was the league's highest-scoring team in the regular season, the Stars turned to a rope-a-dope tactic following the early goal outburst in Game 6 and nearly squandered the lead while registering a season-low 14 shots on goal. "So far in the playoffs, we haven't been a good team with a three-goal lead," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Even with a four-goal lead, we weren't a good team. We're a team that's still learning. And a lot of players it's their first kick at this." Jason Spezza, who scored 33 times during the regular season and added four tallies in the first-round win versus Minnesota, netted his first goal of the series Monday.

OVERTIME

1. Ruff is 0-3 in Game 7 matchups while Hitchcock is 4-2. 

2. Blues star F Vladimir Tarasenko has six points in the last four games but has been held off the scoresheet in all three games in Dallas.

3. Stars F Tyler Seguin skated at practice Tuesday but will not play in Game 7.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Stars 2 (OT)

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
St. Louis 56-28-7-4 L1 27-15-5-1 29-13-2-3 6-3-0-0 50-25-7-4 26-11-3-2
Dallas 57-26-9-2 W2 31-12-4-0 26-14-5-2 7-3-1-0 50-23-8-2 26-10-4-1

Last Meeting

St. Louis Dallas
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
5/9/16 DAL 3 STL 2 37 11 0-2 14 35 1-1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
STL D. Backes 1
DAL C. Sceviour 2
Goals Player  
STL P. Berglund 1
DAL V. Fiddler 1
Assists Player  
STL D. Backes 1
DAL C. Sceviour 2
Saves Player  
STL J. Allen 7
DAL K. Lehtonen 35
Season
Total Points Player  
STL V. Tarasenko 74
DAL J. Benn 89
Goals Player  
STL V. Tarasenko 40
DAL J. Benn 41
Assists Player  
STL P. Stastny 39
DAL J. Benn 48
Saves Player  
STL J. Allen 1159
DAL A. Niemi 1128

Quickchart Matchup

St. Louis Off vs  Dallas Def
2.71 GF
2.81 GA
30.1 Shots
28.8 Shots
61 PP
53 PK
Dallas Off vs  St. Louis Def
3.18 GF
2.42 GA
31.5 Shots
30.2 Shots
64 PP
49 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

St. Louis Overall Dallas
56-28-7-4 W/L 57-26-9-2
43-52 ATS 44-50
37-42 O/U 50-39
2.71 Goals For 3.18
2.42 Goals Agnst 2.81
St. Louis A/H Dallas
29-13-2-3 W/L 31-12-4-0
30-17 ATS 19-28
23-19 O/U 24-22
2.83 Goals For 3.23
2.51 Goals Agnst 2.60
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