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Game 1 Preview: Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars will play Game 1 tonight at Enterprise Center. This second round matchup is between two Central Division teams. Dallas is 3-1-0 against St. Louis during the regular season, outscoring them 13-7. Tonight the puck drops at  9:30 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, TVAS, SN). Here is important information about both teams for this series.

Dallas Stars

The Stars busted a lot of brackets when they beat the Nashville Predators 4-2, in a best-of-seven series. Tonight they start the series against their rival. If the Stars want to advance, they have to depend on their top players to score. The Blues goaltender, Jordan Binnington, been the hottest goalie in the NHL. During the 32 games, he had a .927 save percentage and 1.89 goals against. Binnington should be the favorite to win the Calder Trophy (Top rookie). Dallas goaltender, Ben Bishop, became Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) candidate earlier this week. His experience and skill can help Dallas reach the Western Conference Final. Dallas was the second best team in the West since the All-Star break, putting up a 19-11-3 record. Tonight’s road matchup will be a huge test for the Stars.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues had the best record in the league since Jan. 1. The team turned the corner when they appointed Craig Berube as their new head coach. He helped Ryan O’Reilly get back to his scoring ways by pairing him with. O’Reilly has been outstanding on face-offs, winning 53.5 percent in the first round. The biggest stand out would be rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Blues defense needs to prevent Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin from scoring. Keeping the pressure off of Binnington can help them advance.

Predictions:

Blues beat Dallas 3-1. The third goal will be an empty-netter.

Expected lineups

Dallas projected lineup (According to NHL.com)

Offense:

Jamie Benn — Tyler Seguin — Alexander Radulov

Jason DickinsonRoope HintzMats Zuccarello

Andrew CoglianoRadek FaksaBlake Comeau

Mattias Janmark — Justin Dowling — Jason Spezza

Defense:

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg

Miro HeiskanenRoman Polak

Taylor FedunBen Lovejoy

Goalies:

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Tyler Pitlick, Valeri Nichushkin, Gavin Bayreuther, Joel Hanley, Brett Ritchie, Landon Bow

St. Louis projected lineup (According to NHL.com)

Offense

David Perron — Ryan O’Reilly — Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden SchwartzBrayden SchennOskar Sundqvist

Pat MaroonTyler BozakRobert Thomas

Robby FabbriIvan BarbashevAlexander Steen

Defense

Carl GunnarssonAlex Pietrangelo

Jay BouwmeesterColton Parayko

Joel EdmundsonVince Dunn

Goalies:

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Michael Del Zotto, Sammy Blais, Zach Sanford, Mackenzie MacEachern, Chris Thorburn, Jared Coreau

 

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