The Blues will get the first chance to see if they can build on their latest road victory when they open a home-and-home series with the Stars in Dallas on Friday.
After being outscored 26-10 during a four-game road skid, St. Louis (12-5-3) won 2-1 in a shootout at Nashville on Wednesday. Andy McDonald(notes) recorded a goal nine seconds after the opening faceoff and completed the scoring with the only goal of the shootout.
McDonald has four goals and 10 assists in his last seven games for the Blues, who won their third in a row following a five-game skid.
St. Louis didn’t play as aggressively as it did in previous road contests - something goalie Jaroslav Halak(notes) thinks could have played a part in the victory. Exhibiting a more patient approach, the Blues finished with a season-low 15 shots after averaging 33.5 during the road losing streak.
“On the road we had lost a few games with a high score, so we just need to keep it simple on the road,” said Halak, who made 29 saves. “That was the type of game we were playing at the beginning of the season, so we just need to keep doing the same thing.”
The Stars (11-8-1) ended their four-game road slide with a 2-1 win over Ottawa on Wednesday. Captain Brenden Morrow(notes) scored the go-ahead goal at 1:13 of the third period for Dallas, which was outscored 16-4 during its skid.
Dallas will get its next chance to earn one Saturday at St. Louis.
The Stars first look to continue their strong play at the American Airlines Center, where they’ve gone 5-0-1 in their last six. Dallas defeated the Blues 3-2 in a shootout at home Oct. 16, as Loui Eriksson(notes) had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen(notes) made 41 saves.
Both of them have enjoyed playing against the Blues.
Eriksson, who has recorded five goals and nine assists in his last eight home games, has five goals and two assists in his last six contests against St. Louis.
Lehtonen, expected to be back in net after getting the night off Wednesday, is 3-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average in four career starts versus the Blues.
Halak will likely make his first career start against the Stars. He has stopped 64 of 67 shots in winning his last two games after going 0-3-1 with a 5.46 GAA in his previous four.