Blues at Stars
5 p.m., Sunday, American Airlines Center, Dallas. TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Blues 43-20-5, 91 points; Stars 33-27-10, 74 pts.
About the Blues: St. Louis is coming off a 3-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, and remained tied with Nashville atop the Western Conference standings with 91 points. However, the Predators were also in action late Saturday against the Kings in LA. … Sunday’s game is the first of a six-game road trip for the Blues, and it will be their second game with defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona at the trade deadline. The 32-year-old Czech was injured on Feb. 14. At the time of his injury, Michalek ranked 12th in the NHL with 130 blocked shots in 53 games. … The Blues, coached by former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, shut out Philadelphia on Thursday. That shutout moved goalie Brian Elliott into a tie with Jaroslav Halak for the franchise shutout record (20). Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Elliott has recorded the best starts per shutout ratio in the league, with a shutout every 5.9 starts.
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About the Stars: Dallas wrapped up a five-game road trip Friday with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Stars, who went 4-1-0 on the trip, have won three in a row and five of six to keep their playoff hopes alive. The recent streak has helped the Stars climb within six points of the Winnipeg Jets, who hold the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. … The Stars’ streak has been fueled by improving special teams play and solid goaltending. On Friday, Dallas scored three power-play goals, and the penalty kill shut down the league’s second-ranked power play on all three of its chances. The Stars’ penalty kill has allowed only one goal in 21 chances over the past eight games. … Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 18 of 20 shots Friday for his eighth win in his past 11 decisions (8-1-2). Lehtonen has also had help. The Stars have allowed 28 or fewer shots in eight of their past nine games.
— From online reports