NHL on NBCSN: Stars look to extend winning streak to five games in Central Division clash with Blues

Associated Press

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2015-16 campaign tonight when the St. Louis Blues host the Dallas Stars at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.

The heavyweight battle atop the Central Division has been thoroughly entertaining this season, and it looks like it’ll go down to the wire.

The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks have both spent time at the top of the division, but as of right now, the Stars have a slight edge.

If they want to build on that lead, they’ll have to take down another division rival, as they travel to St. Louis on Tuesday night.

The Stars come into the game having won four games in a row and seven of their last eight contests.

Dallas went through a bit of a tough stretch in January. They couldn’t win and their goals-per-game were down considerably.

Things have turned around quickly in February. They’ve scored four goals or more in all but two of their seven games.

The Blues come into this game having won each of their last two contests.

Those wins have coincided with the return of forward Jaden Schwartz. The 23-year-old missed 49 games because of a broken ankle.

“We knew going into the year that the strength of our team was going to be our depth,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock, per The Dispatch. “We felt we had a lot of players who could play. By putting Schwartz in there, it allows us to spread the minutes out even more. We’re able to have a higher level of energy because of it and we’re able to have a higher level of energy later in the game because of it.”

Schwartz picked up two points in his return on Friday. He was held off the scoresheet in Sunday’s win over Tampa.

A win for the Blues could cut the gap between the two teams to four points.


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