The Blues kick off one of their most difficult stretches of the season right off the bat as they take to the road for 8 of their next 9 games. The ‘Note take on the Dallas Stars tonight at the American Airlines Center. The puck drops at 7:30 and you can see it on Fox Sports Midwest. Take note of the radio change: due to the baseball game on its regular network (KMOX), the game moves to the FM side and will be heard on KEZX 102.5.
Both the Blues and Stars have been off since Monday, where they each won. St. Louis beat Calgary 5-2, while the Dallas pulled out a 2-1 shootout win against Phoenix. Overall, the Blues are 1-1 and the Stars are 2-1 on the young season.
In net for the Blues is expected to Jaroslav Halak in his third straight start. Brian Elliot remains the backup and coach Davis Payne has indicated that he will see some action on this trip, possibly Saturday or Sunday.
The Stars will counter with Kari Lehtonen, who is coming off a 40-save performance Monday and has stopped 77 of 79 shots in two games. The Blues have outshot their opponents in their first two games by a combined 68-33.
Keep reading for more on the game, plus the latest on the Blues ownership.
The Blues are 4-6-4 in Dallas since 2003-04 and were swept in all four games against the Stars last year. Lehtonen was between the pipes for all four games.
Special teams figure to be an important factor in the game. The Stars power play went 0 for 7 on Monday and is a combined 1 for 14 in three games. The Blues have allowed 3 power-play goals through 2 games.
The Stars acquired forward Eric Nystrom from Minnesota yesterday, but it was not clear if he would be available for the game.
New Blues defenseman Taylor Chorney traveled with the team after being picked off waivers from Edmonton. No word if he will play. He is currently slotted as the seventh d-man.
As for the ownership: Jeremy Rutherford with the Post-Dispatch is reporting that Matthew Hulsizer could sign a purchase agreement as soon as today. There were reports a week ago that a verbal agreement was in place. Hulsizer would need the approval of the NHL, but won unanimous support from the league when he tried to purchase the Coyotes in 2010. The sale price could reach $190 million, which includes the lease to the Scottrade Center, the Peabody Opera House and the Peoria Rivermen. It is believed that club chairman Dave Cheketts will continue to run the opera house.
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