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Blues vs Stars: Game 7 Preview, Headlines and Projected Lineups

Overview:

Series: Series Tied 3-3

Location: Enterprise Center

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

Tonight the St. Louis Blues host the Dallas Stars for the first Game 7 matchup of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both teams hope to advance to the Western Conference Final. In Game 6 the Blues defeated the Stars 4-1. Both teams played each other in Game 7 in the 2016 Western Second round, which the Blues won 6-1 at Dallas. Here are the headlines for Tuesday night matchup.

Blues Headlines

Can the Blues win at home?

The Blues are 2-4 at home in this year Stanley Cup Playoffs. On the road; they are 5-1. The Blues struggled at home but need this win. They need to clear their heads and focus on scoring quickly once the pucks drop. Teams that score first in Game 7 is 129-46 all-time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

Strong Defense

The Blues defense has been the most consistent position group for the team. So far in the playoffs, they scored 29 points (3 goals, 25 assists). Alex Pietrangelo (two goals, eight assists) and Colton Parayko (one goal, six assists) had been leading the defense in scoring.

Blues projected lineup

Forwards

Jaden SchwartzBrayden SchennVladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron

Pat Maroon — Tyler Bozak — Robert Thomas

Ivan BarbashevOskar SundqvistAlexander Steen

Defense

Joel Edmundson — Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester — Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn — Carl Gunnarsson

Starting Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Stars Headlines

Ben Bishop Will Play

The Stars did not advance to the Western Conference in front of their home crowd in Game 6. Fans were concerned when goaltender Ben Bishop went down from a hard shot from Parayko. He left the game with an injured shoulder in the second period. Anton Khudobin came in and substituted Bishop for the rest of the game. The good news is that Ben Bishop will play in Game 7 when the team needs him.

This year Vezina Trophy candidate had two career shutouts in Game 7. During his time in Tampa Bay, he recorded two shutouts in Game 7s against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round and the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.  Another important stat is after a loss, Bishop is 3-1 with a.937 this postseason.

“It’s a big advantage when your goaltender’s been in these games before, he’s been in the Stanley Cup Finals and has had success in these kinds of games,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said.

Stars projected lineup

Forwards

Jason Dickinson — Tyler Seguin — Mats Zuccarello

Jamie Benn — Roope Hintz — Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano — Radek Faksa — Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark — Justin Dowling — Jason Spezza

Defense

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen — Roman Polak

Taylor Fedun — Ben Lovejoy

Starting Goalie

Ben Bishop

 

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