Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars, no longer defenseless, pursue rare win streak as St. Louis visits

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi, deflecting a shot in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, is 7-2-1 at home this season. The Stars host the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi, deflecting a shot in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, is 7-2-1 at home this season. The Stars host the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. AP

Blues at Stars

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW

Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Records: Blues 17-11-5, 39 points; Stars 13-14-6, 32 pts.

About the Blues: St. Louis have lost four of its last five after Monday night’s 3-2 home loss in overtime to Edmonton. Vladimir Tarasenko leads the Blues in points (38, second in NHL), goals (16) and assists (22) entering Monday. St. Louis lost 6-2 in Dallas on Nov. 3 and beat Dallas at home 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 28. Former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock is in his final season as Blues coach.

About the Stars: Dallas is 4-4 over its past eight games but has allowed only 16 goals, a 2.0 average. Dallas was last in the NHL engering December with a 3.4 goals-against average. Coach Lindy Ruff and players say it was a structural change that negates an opponent’s speed in the neutral zone. Dallas beat red-hot Philadelphia 3-1 on Saturday, but the Stars are only 1-8-3 after wins this season. ... Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (lower-body injury) is unlikely to play Tuesday after skating on his own after practice Monday. Forward Patrick Sharp, who has missed eight games with concussion-like symptoms, practiced Monday. Ruff said he practiced full Monday and is “getting closer to a return.”

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