Series (Game 4 of 4)

St. Louis leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 25th
Game 3: Thursday, March 4th
Game 4: Saturday, April 3rd

Stars 1

(35-30-14, 84 pts)

Blues 2

(38-31-9, 85 pts)

8:00 PM ET, April 3, 2010

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 1 01
STL 0 1 12

T. Oshie (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Mason (Blues - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

P. Kariya (Blues - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Stars-Blues Preview


Desperately needing a victory, the Dallas Stars closed out their last opponent. The St. Louis Blues weren't able to do the same.

With both teams' playoff chances fading, the Stars and Blues meet for the final time this season Saturday at Scottrade Center.

Dallas (35-29-14), which is in danger of missing consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1987 and 1988, when the franchise was based in Minnesota, won its second straight game Friday, 6-3 at home over Edmonton.

The Stars are one point ahead of St. Louis (37-31-9) and Anaheim for 10th in the Western Conference, but trail Colorado and Calgary by five points for the final playoff spot with four games remaining. Dallas does have a bit of momentum on its side, as its seeking to win three straight for the first time since a five-game run Jan. 21-Feb. 3, 2009.

"We're still kind of alive," said Mike Modano, who had two assists Friday -- including his 800th -- after missing nine games due to an appendectomy. "There's still a chance."

Modano assisted on both of rookie Jamie Benn's third-period scores, including the go-ahead goal with 17:38 left, after Edmonton tallied three unanswered goals in the second to tie the game.

Stars leading scorer Brad Richards added a goal and an assist to give him 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in his last 23 games. Richards has five assists in three games versus St. Louis this season.

The road team has won all three meetings in the season series -- two of those games were played in Dallas.

Now, though, St. Louis is looking to win four straight at home for the first time since a five-game run March 15-April 1, 2009, that helped snap a three-season playoff drought.

Though the Blues have a game in hand on the Stars, it may be too late for another playoff push. Their chances dimmed considerably following Thursday's 3-2 loss at Nashville.

"We pretty much needed to win out," right wing David Backes said. "It's not entirely over, but it made our road just that much harder. We still have five games to play ... we will hopefully win all five and get out 10 points and with help from other teams have a shot."

Coming off a 3-0-0 homestand, St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period on goals by Alex Steen and Andy McDonald before the Predators scored three unanswered.

"I'm definitely not going to single anyone out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could, some guys didn't," Chris Mason said after making 29 saves in his fourth consecutive start. "When you're in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete. We didn't have that (Thursday)."

Mason also turned away 29 shots in the Blues' last game against Dallas -- a 6-1 victory March 4.

The Stars' Marty Turco allowed four goals on 11 shots in that matchup before giving way to Kari Lehtonen, who made 14 saves in his season debut. Lehtonen, acquired from Atlanta on Feb. 9, is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA in two career starts versus the Blues.