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Wednesday, November 1st (All times eastern)

St. Louis Blues (3-4-3) at Dallas Stars (9-2-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars conclude a four-game homestand this evening when the St. Louis Blues invade the American Airlines Center.

Dallas has won two of three so far on the homestand and is off to a flying 9-2 start to the 2006-07 season. The Stars maintained their early success on Saturday by defeating Los Angeles by a 3-2 margin.

Jeff Halpern scored the tie-breaking goal with just 3:44 left to play and rookie netminder Mike Smith stopped 32 shots, including 15 in the second period.

Philippe Boucher and Stu Barnes also scored while Matthew Barnaby had two assists for the Stars, who have won four of five.

Dallas, which will start up a four-game road trip Friday at Edmonton, is 4-1 at American Airlines Center in the early going.

The Blues, meanwhile, have dropped four of their last five and are coming off a wild shootout loss to Anaheim on Monday. Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf scored during the deciding phase and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to give the Ducks a 6-5 win at Scottrade Center.

Keith Tkachuk recorded a goal and two assists while Lee Stempniak scored once and helped out on another for St. Louis, which battled back twice from two- goal deficits to force overtime. However, both Tkachuk and Stempniak were stoned by Giguere in the shootout.

The Blues will be looking to stop a five-game losing streak in Dallas, where the club hasn't won since posting a 2-1 overtime decision on April 3, 2002. St. Louis did manage a 2-2 tie at American Airlines Center during the 2002-03 campaign.

Tonight's game also marks the return of Blues forward Bill Guerin to Dallas, where he played three seasons before signing with St. Louis over the summer.

The Stars had won six straight in this series before a 4-3 overtime win by the Blues last February.

11/01 10:48:16 ET

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