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  • GDT: Blues @ Dallas Stars - 2 p.m. CST

    GAME: St. Louis Blues (34-27-11-2) at Dallas Stars (37-24-13-0).
    TIME: Saturday, 2 p.m. CST.

    No team should be more focused on clinching home-ice than the Dallas Stars.

    Dallas will look to extend the longest home unbeaten streak in franchise history to 17 games when it faces the St. Louis Blues for the final time this season.

    Marty Turco continued his Vezina Trophy-caliber season with his eighth shutout, and Jason Arnott and Bill Guerin each had a goal and two assists in the Stars' 3-0 victory over Vancouver on Thursday.

    Philippe Boucher also scored for Dallas, 12-0-4 at home since a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Jan. 10. The 16-game home unbeaten streak is the longest in the NHL since Detroit put together a 19-game run from Dec. 31-April 7, 2001.

    Although the Stars still trail San Jose for the Pacific Division lead, they are challenging Vancouver for fourth place in the Western Conference. The top four teams are guaranteed home-ice in the opening round of the playoffs.

    Dallas rebounded with a strong performance after it allowed three goals in the final 6:03 against San Jose on Tuesday and settled for a 3-3 tie.

    "This says our guys really care about what they're doing," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "The character factor came in. We were disappointed in the results (against the Sharks). You can't be up and down like a yo-yo."

    Turco has an excellent chance of being one of the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie. He leads the NHL in minutes played, is second with 33 wins and ranks seventh with a 2.01 goals-against average.

    The Blues temporarily moved into a playoff spot with a 1-1 tie at Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Ryan Johnson scored in the second period and Reinhard Divis stopped 28 shots in a rare start, helping St. Louis improve to 5-1-2 during its late-season run.

    The Blues, who have made the playoffs for 24 straight seasons, will enter play Saturday with a two-point lead over Los Angeles in the four-team race for the final two playoff berths in the West.

    "Every game seems like a playoff game, and it has to be that way the rest of the year because it's so tight in the Western Conference," Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said. "Every team controls their own destiny, and that's the same for us."

    Although Divis played well in his eighth start of the season, Chris Osgood figures to be back in net Saturday. Osgood is 4-1-2 following a personal six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

    STANDINGS (through March 18): Blues - 81 points, 2nd place, 16 PB, Central Division. Stars - 87 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Pacific Division.

    TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Tkachuk, 30 goals and 66 points; Doug Weight, 46 assists; Mike Danton, 141 PIM. Stars - Guerin, 32 goals and 63 points; Arnott, 35 assists; Steve Ott, 148 PIM.

    SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 18): Blues - Power play: 17.5 percent (55 for 314), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.6 percent (292 for 345), 10th. Stars - Power play: 16.2 percent (49 for 303), 18th. Penalty killing: 85.5 percent (235 for 275), 5th.

    GOALTENDERS: Blues - Osgood (26-23-8, 2 SO, 2.28 GAA); Divis (4-3-2, 2.84). Stars - Turco (33-21-13, 8, 2.01); Ron Tugnutt (3-3-0, 1, 1.95).

    SEASON SERIES: Stars, 2-1.

    LAST MEETING: Jan. 24; Stars, 3-2. At St. Louis, David Oliver scored one goal and set up another, and Turco stopped 19 shots, leading Dallas to a home-and-home sweep of St. Louis.

    ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 14-17-4-2 on the road; Stars - 24-6-8-0 at home.


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    Mr. G

  • #2
    Games the Blues will be keeping an eye on today:

    Detroit @ Los Angeles
    Nashville @ Calgary


    Code:
    WESTERN CONFERENCE
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
                 GP  W  L (OL) T PTS
                 -- --- ---   --- ---
    
     1) Y-DETROIT      73 42 18  (2) 11  97
     2) COLORADO       74 38 19  (5) 12  93
     3) SAN JOSE       74 37 19  (6) 12  92
     4) VANCOUVER      75 37 23  (5) 10  89
     5) DALLAS        74 37 24  (0) 13  87
     6) CALGARY       74 38 26  (3) 7  86
     7) ST LOUIS       74 34 27  (2) 11  81
     8) NASHVILLE      74 33 27  (3) 11  80
    -------------------------------------------------
     9) LOS ANGELES     73 28 22  (7) 16  79
    10)EDMONTON       74 31 27  (4) 12  78
    11)MINNESOTA      74 25 27  (2) 20  72
    12)ANAHEIM       75 26 31  (8) 10  70
    13)PHOENIX       74 20 31  (6) 17  63
    14)CHICAGO       73 20 38  (6) 9  55
    15)COLUMBUS       74 20 42  (4) 8  52

    Mr. G

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    • #3
      I just HATE these day games. Screws up my whole schedule. Damn! What's to watch on Saturday night? NCAA basketball?

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      • #4
        I enjoy the day games....well if they are home games....it is a weird feeling walking out of Savvis and the sun is still out though....It just lets you know you have a lot more party time.

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        • #5
          Edmonton has made a really nice run of late to get back in the race. They play the Kings twice more and those teams may end up eliminating each other.

          Why do I have a feeling the Blues will underachieve in the home-and-home with Chicago?

          Good game going in Boston; Bruins and Lightning tied 4-4 in the third.

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          • #6
            Are the Blues on TV today?

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            • #7
              It is a pretty good game, but I've only watched the third period....

              Khabibulin looked like crap on that one as BOS takes the lead...

              "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
              Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
              -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jack Daniels@Mar 20 2004, 10:59 AM
                Are the Blues on TV today?
                ABC at 2 CST.

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                • #9
                  Blues'll win...

                  no score predictions...

                  "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                  Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                  -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                  • #10
                    Bruins down TB 5-4...

                    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                    • #11
                      IT'S HOCKEY TIME!
                      Official Sponsor of the National League Three-Peat.

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                      • #12
                        the guy in the NHL Rules commercial from the Belushi show was everywhere during All-Star Weekend....

                        Took advantage of his 'celebrity'....

                        "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                        Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                        -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 007@Mar 20 2004, 02:11 PM
                          the guy in the NHL Rules commercial from the Belushi show was everywhere during All-Star Weekend....

                          Took advantage of his 'celebrity'....
                          I don't understand why they only show those commercials during hockey games.
                          Official Sponsor of the National League Three-Peat.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CSD+Mar 20 2004, 12:13 PM-->
                            QUOTE (CSD @ Mar 20 2004, 12:13 PM)

                          • #15
                            Originally posted by devaskar+Mar 20 2004, 02:15 PM-->
                            QUOTE (devaskar @ Mar 20 2004, 02:15 PM)
                            Originally posted by [email protected] 20 2004, 12:13 PM
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