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Saturday, November 23rd (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (11-8-2) at St. Louis Blues (15-3-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues try to extend their best start in franchise history with a third straight victory as they play host on Saturday night to the Dallas Stars.

The Blues are off to a 15-3-3 beginning and made it two victories in a row when they outlasted the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday. Derek Roy scored in regulation before potting the winning marker in the fourth round of the tiebreaker.

David Backes also lit the lamp and Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves as St. Louis improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

"We weathered the storm right away and then responded on their goal," Roy said. "And I thought all around we did a good job."

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock picked up his 620th career win, tying him with Bryan Murray for eighth on the NHL's all-time list.

The Blues, who play the first of back-to-back at home, are likely to have forward Patrik Berglund back in action tonight after he sat out Thursday's victory with an upper-body injury.

After losing their fourth straight home game with Thursday's 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers, the Stars head to St. Louis eyeing a seventh win in a row on the road. They have not lost as the visiting club since Oct. 29 and will try to build some momentum prior to starting a three-game homestand on Tuesday.

Dallas got goals from Stephane Robidas and Alex Chiasson versus the Rangers, but were undone by a pair of goals New York scored just 37 seconds apart early in the third period. The Stars also failed to score in the opening frame despite 23 shots on net.

"We had good chances," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "You love the first period, but we didn't get anything for it."

Kari Lehtonen turned away 24 shots for the Stars, whose three-game win streak ended with just their second loss in eight games.

Dallas has lost five of its past six versus the Blues and have been outscored 8-4 over a three-game series road losing streak. The Stars have dropped 10 of their last 14 in St. Louis overall.

Lehtonen is 8-3-0 with a 1.62 goals against average in 13 career games versus the Blues, including 11 starts, while Halak is 4-4-0 against the Stars in eight meetings with a 2.52 GAA.

11/23 10:46:24 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
10th
DUR 2
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
7th
SDP 1
COL 0
 
5th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
5th
WAS 0
STL 4
 
4th
TAM 1
NYY 4
 
4th
MIN 1
TOR 2
 
2nd
CWS 0
BOS 0
 
2nd
HOU 0
KAN 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
PHI 1
 
1st
STL 1
CHI 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
10th
DUR 2
NOR 2