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DALLAS -- The St. . Louis Blues and Dallas Stars look to finish 2016 with some momentum and correct some notable issues heading into the flip of the calendar to 2017.For St. Louis (17-11-5), that issue is simple: being more effective at finishing games. On Monday night, the Blues lost 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Edmonton Oilers despite leading 2-1 after two periods.The defeat continued a recent trend, as St. Louis fell for third time in the past four games it led after 40 minutes of play.Grit, determination, technique (is what this boils down to), Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after the loss to the Oilers. But thats a team thing. Youve got to get it done.The Blues, who eliminated the Stars in seven games in the second round of the 2016 playoffs by winning Game 7 in Dallas, are 4-4-2 over their past 10 games and 4-9-1 on the road.Backup goaltender Carter Hutton got the nod between the pipes for the Blues on Monday night, meaning No. 1 netminder Jake Allen, who is 5-2-0 with a 2.38 goals-against-average and two shutouts in eight career games against the Stars, likely will start Tuesday evening at American Airlines Center.Allen stopped 30 of 36 shots in his last start, a 6-4 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.Dallas (13-14-6) heads into Tuesdays Central Division tilt fresh off a 3-1 win against Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, a victory that ended the Flyers 10-game winning streak and made the Stars 9-5-2 on home ice.Against the Flyers, fourth-line grinder Adam Cracknell delivered the eventual game-winning goal in the third period. Cracknell was signed late in preseason and has been a welcome addition to the lower end of the Dallas lineup, delivering solid, workmanlike shifts and also scoring a few goals.Cracknell made his NHL debut with the Blues in 2010, so the veteran forward is looking forward to facing the team that afforded him his first shot in the league.They gave me an opportunity, Cracknell said after practice Monday. I had a great career with St. Louis, up and down a little bit, but all in all, a great experience and got some playoff experience as well. Always excited to play against those guys.Dallas is 4-6-0 over its past 10 games, and the Stars continue to pace the NHL with 101 goals allowed. However, fourth-year coach Lindy Ruff is more than a bit encouraged by his team allowing an average of just two goals per game over its past eight contests.Well, I think first (reason for that drop in goals allowed is) a greater commitment from the group, Ruff said. Second part, we made a system change I think has helped everybody. Its helped our defense, and all the guys like it.Special teams figure to be critical on Tuesday, especially with the Blues having the NHLs second-best penalty kill (88.5 percent) and No. 7 power play (21.9 percent), but the Stars special teams will be impacted by two key absences, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp.Oduya sustained a lower-body injury against Philadelphia on Saturday and did not practice on Monday.Johnny will just be day-to-day, Ruff said Monday. He went out after practice to see how it feels, probably know more (Tuesday). Hes in the category of unlikely probably.Oduya missed 10 games with a lower-body injury before returning to the lineup Dec. 11 at Chicago.Sharp is a former teammate of Oduya in Chicago, where the two played for several Stanley Cup champions, but the veteran forward will miss a ninth consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms.Sharp sat out 14 games with similar symptoms earlier this season before returning Nov. 19. He then played the next six games before experiencing symptoms during a game at Pittsburgh on Dec. 1, which was the last time he played.Yeah, he obviously practiced full (Monday), so hes getting closer to a return, Ruff said.Dallas is looking to rack up points at home during a five-game homestand and a month that will see them play nine times at home. The Stars are 2-1-0 during the homestand thus far. .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. . Gather a group of friends, or find a league to join online, draft your team, set your lineup and compete in a number of different formats. . PAUL, Minn. PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano has won twice as many games as he did a year ago and theres still two months to go in the season. Liriano continued his recent dominance with seven strong innings, and Jose Tabata homered and drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Liriano (12-4) allowed only two hits to offset his five walks and had six strikeouts. The left-hander improved to 7-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his last eight starts for the NL Central leaders. Last season, Liriano was a combined 6-12 with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. He has a hard time explaining his turnaround, which is a big reason why the Pirates hold a 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. "What can I say?" he said. "Everything is going good for me and good for the team. Im not really thinking about it too much. Im just going out and pitching and trying to be aggressive and get people out. Its working out well for me and it is working out for well for the team because were winning." Tabata hit his first home run since May 11 -- a span of 112 plate appearances -- and also tripled while going 3 for 4 to raise his average to .266. Tabata has hit just three homers this season, which is why general manager Neal Huntington tried to trade for an outfielder before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, though without success. "Weve seen Jose swing the bat like this before and be productive over the last few years," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Hopefully, he will get hot." The Rockies put men on base in six of Lirianos seven innings but they went 0 for 9 against him with runners on, including five hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position. "When I walk people its because Im overthrowing," Liriano said. "When guys got on base, I told myself to slow down and make pitches, not try to do too much." Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games. "We had some opportunities early but like most of the good ones once he settled in he was tough," Rocckies manager Walt Weiss said. "He had a good changeup and his command was pretty good even though he walked some guys." Gaby Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs for Pittsburgh, while Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen added two hits each. Fill-in closer Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save. Jorge De La Rosa (10-6) pitched four-plus innings and gave up three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. The outing came a day after Rockies owner Dick Monfort said Colorado would exercise De La Rosas $11 million club option for 2014. "Jorge didnt have very good command," Weiss said. "It was a struggle for him from the start." The Pirates scored one run each in the third through seventh innings to take a 5-0 lead. In the third, Starling Marte led off with a single, stole second, took third on Jordy Mercers groundout and scored on Andrew McCutchens double. Tabata led off the fourth by homering over the 375 sign in right-centre for his third of the season. Sanchez hit run-scoring singles in both the fifth and seventh innings, while Tabata led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Josh Harrisons squeeze bunt. Colorado finally scored a pair in the eighth on consecutive RBI singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer, who returned to the team after missing the previous two games because of a family emergency. NOTES: Colorado LF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the lineup for a fourth straight game with a sprained right middle finger but hopes to play Sunday. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton, who has normally been rested twice a week, played in nine straight games until being rested Saturday. ... Colorado RHP Roy Oswalt, on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, was forced to cut short a simulated game because of tightness in the leg. ... Pittsburgh C Russell Martin sat out for the second time in three games because of left knee soreness. ... The Pirates will start RHP A.J. Burnett (4-7, 2.86 ERA) on Sunday against RHP Juan Nicasio (6-4, 4.92) in the three-game series finale. 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    DALLAS -- The St. . Louis Blues and Dallas Stars look to finish 2016 with some momentum and ...