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Blues vs Stars: Game 4 Preview

Series: Blues lead 2-1

Location: American Airlines Center

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, TVAS, SN)

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Blues Maintaining Composure

Sunday’s Game 3 was one of the most exciting games so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stars tied twice in the final seven minutes of the game until Pat Maroon scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 left. The Blues are now 4-0 on the road for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Head coach Craig Berube praised his players’ mentality when they are down.

We’ve got good veterans to keep everything calm. Frustration’s not a good thing.”  Berube said. “It’s important to stay composed, stay working and keep working. [Alexander] Steen does a great job with that, [Alex] Pietrangelo, [Jay] Bouwmeester, all the veteran guys, [Ryan] O’Reilly, [Vladimir] Tarasenko. We’ve got a lot of veterans.

The Blues win if….

If they continue to stay solid on defense and be dominate in the offensive zone. Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Jaden Schwartz have been dominating the Stars defense in the cycle game. This top line has been the biggest difference maker for the Blues. If they continue to play their game, then the Blues lead the series 3-1 after tonight. 

Stars to shake up the first line

The Dallas Stars will host the St. Louis Blues one last time before they return to St. Louis for Game 5. There will be some changes in the roster and lines for this pivotal game.

Star’s head coach Jim Montgomery will move Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov to the second line, as Tyler Seguin will keep his spot as a center in the first-line. He will move wingers Jason Dickinson and Mats Zuccarello to the first-line. Rookie center Roope Hintz will work with Benn and Radulov tonight. Montgomery hopes to generate more offense and possession for tonight’s game to put pressure on Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. Benn, Seguin, and Radulov each scored only one goal this series. They need to step up tonight.

The defensive line-up will also change as Joel Hanley will replace Taylor Fedun in the third line. Defensemen Jamie Oleksiak is still out with a lower-body injury that he suffered in the first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

The Stars win if….

If they can generate possession and chances against a strong Blues defense. Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester have been dominating in the physical aspect of the game. Compared to the Predators, the Blues are bigger, stronger, and more discipline. The defense needs to stop the Blues strong cycle and finish the breakout. If the offense can balance their game, they will win at home and tie the series 2-2.

 

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