Preview: Stars at Blues
The St. Louis Blues look to defeat the visiting Dallas Stars in Game 7 of their Western Conference second-round series for the second time since 2016 when the Central Division rivals reconvene in the Gateway City on Tuesday. St. Louis, which has won two of six home games this postseason, pushed the current series to its limit with a 4-1 win in Dallas on Sunday.
"A lot of different players on these teams, different makeup, different coaches," St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo told reporters. "Some of this helps because we've been through a few of these before. We've got some guys that are ready, who have been through this." The 29-year-old Pietrangelo, who was held off the scoresheet in the Blues' 6-1 win in Game 7 on May 11, 2016, scored on Sunday for his 15th point (two goals, 13 assists) in 15 games. Captain Jamie Benn recorded his team-leading eighth assist on the first-period power-play goal of Tyler Seguin, who boasts a club-best 11 points. "It's exciting," the 29-year-old Benn told reporters. "What a great opportunity in front of us, and for both teams, to go out there and battle it out for one game and winner take all."
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ABOUT THE STARS: Mats Zuccarello also had an assist on Seguin's goal to give him a career-high seven points in a series heading Tuesday's decisive contest. "It's a Game 7, we knew it was going to be a tight series," the 31-year-old Norwegian told reporters. "If you want to go far in the playoffs, you usually have to go through some Game 7s." Ben Bishop was shaken up after St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko's shot hit him squarely on the left shoulder, but coach Jim Montgomery told reporters that the 6-7 goaltender will be fine to compete in his third career Game 7.
ABOUT THE BLUES: Jaden Schwartz benefited from Bishop's injury situation by scoring moments later to boost his goal total to eight this postseason, which is the sixth most by any member of the Blues in a single playoff year. Ryan O'Reilly set up Sammy Blais' goal 33 seconds later to give the former five points in his last five contests. Rookie Jordan Binnington has turned aside 47 of 50 shots over the last two games after allowing 10 goals in the previous three.
1. Dallas F Andrew Cogliano has played in a club-high five Game 7s in his NHL career while Seguin and D Ben Lovejoy have skated in four.
2. St. Louis F Robby Fabbri became the youngest NHL player to record three points (one goal, two assists) in a Game 7 when he accomplished the feat in 2016.
3. The Stars' franchise holds a 5-7 all-time record in Game 7s, with a 2-3 mark since the team moved to Dallas.
PREDICTION: Blues 3, Stars 2