Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

Tuesday, 03.4.2014 / 8:26 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, March 4
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (29-22-10) defeated Buffalo, 3-2, Monday night at American Airlines Center to give head coach Lindy Ruff his 600th career win. Alex Chiasson’s power play goal with 9:35 remaining snapped a 2-2 tie, giving the Stars their eighth win in the last 12 games (8-2-2). The win gave the Stars, who are in eighth place in the Western Conference, a two point lead over both Winnipeg and Vancouver.

“I think it’s huge, it’s so important. Winning right now is so important because everything is so close,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, who scored Dallas’ second goal. “Things were a little hairy there for us in the third period. Kari [Lehtonen] made some good saves, you love to see that and there are some things we can clean up. Finding a way to win is what it came down to a lot of times.”

Tuesday’s game will be the Stars first look this season at Columbus, a former Western Conference foe that moved the Eastern Conference this season.

“They have some big forwards,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I think they have some good speed up front and I really like their defense and of course [Sergei] Bobrovsky in goal has been really good for them. I think they showed they’re right above where we are at and it should be a tough game.”

Dan Ellis is expected to start in goal Tuesday vs. the Blue Jackets.

Injuries: D Stephane Robidas (leg) is out.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (31-25-5) are coming off a 2-1 victory at Toronto Monday night, snapping the Maple Leafs’ seven-game home winning streak. After a scoreless first period, the Blue Jackets dominated play in the second period, outshooting Toronto 12-5 and scoring twice to take a 2-0 lead.

“We switched up some things in the neutral zone, and that allowed us to come into the zone with more speed on the forecheck,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “Once we got there, we started to win battles and keep the puck. We started grinding it down, and I think that took a toll on them.”

The Blue Jackets lost defenseman Ryan Murray in the first period to a lower body injury.

“I don’t sense it is serious, but it something that might keep him out,” said Richards.

The win pulled the Blue Jackets to within one point of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and within two points of the third seed in the Metropolitan Division.

Sergei Bobrovsky started Monday night’s game, and it is not clear if he or backup Curtis McElhinney will get the nod in net Tuesday night.

Injuries: D Ryan Murray (lower body) is questionable. RW Jared Boll (ankle), RW Jack Skille (upper body) and D Fedor Tyutin (ankle) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Blue Jackets.

*The Stars were 1-2-0 against the Blue Jackets last season.

*The Blue Jackets were 2-0-1 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 31-11-5 all-time vs. Columbus.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 8-2-2 in their last 12 games.

*The Blue Jackets are 5-2-1 in their last eight games and 14-6-1 since January 1.

*The Blue Jackets are 8-2-0 in their last ten home games.

*The Stars are 3-4-3 in their last ten road games.

*Columbus’ home power play ranks fifth in the league at 22.2 percent.

*The Stars are 19-20 (95.0 Percent) on the penalty kill over the last seven games.

*Columbus has not allowed a power play goal in seven of the last eight games and is 30-32 (93.8 percent).

*The Stars are 2-32 (6.3 percent) on the power play over the last eight games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (25) and points (58).

* Ryan Johansen leads Columbus in goals (24) and points (47).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.




1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49


J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79 is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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