The St. Louis Blues are surging: winners of five of their last six, and currently sitting pretty in the Western Conference playoff picture. But as the 24-18-1 Dallas Stars invade the Scotttrade Center tonight, St. Louis is learning that Dallas won't go easy. The Blues and Stars are locked in a scoreless tie after two periods thus far, in a game characterized by solid goalie play and a lot of penalties.
The first periods have been indicative of the score: fairly even play in all aspects of the game. The Blues hold a slight edge in shots on net (18 to 16) and hits (16 to 15), and a big lead in faceoff victories (24 to 10). Each team has accumulated 13 penalty minutes so far.