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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 9:36 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview
Previewing Monday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars
Monday, March 10
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (31-23-10) rallied for a 4-3 win over Minnesota Saturday night before a record crowd of 19,109 that was on hand to watch Mike Modano’s No. 9 retired at American Airlines Center. Tyler Seguin tied the game 3-3 with a power play goal with 8:49 remaining and Erik Cole notched the game-winner four minutes later, scoring on a breakaway.

“I thought the way we did it with the buzz in the building was awesome,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “The fans were awesome. To cap the game off and come back and win it – the game had playoff atmosphere and playoff intensity.”

The Stars, who are in eighth place in the Western Conference, increased their lead to three points over ninth-place Phoenix.

The Stars lost goaltender Kari Lehtonen in the third period to a head injury after a collision with Minnesota forward Erik Haula. Lehtonen is day to day.

Tim Thomas, acquired at the trade deadline from Florida, finished the game and stopped all six shots he faced to get the win in his Stars debut. Thomas is expected to start Monday vs. the Blue Jackets.

Monday’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for the Stars, who have won the first two games.

The Stars recalled goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Sunday due to the Lehtonen injury.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (head) is day to day.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (33-26-5) are coming off a 1-0 victory at Nashville Saturday night. Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 6:25 remaining and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season.

“That’s a playoff game right there,” said Columbus defensemen James Wisniewski. “That’s what it is going to take, blocking shots, taking hits, taking punches to the head and just grinding it out. Fortunately, we got a good play at the end, scored a goal and it was enough to win.”

The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Blue Jackets, who currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Blue Jackets this season.

*The Blue Jackets won the previous meeting, defeating the Stars 4-2 in Columbus on March 4.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 10-2-3 over their last 15 games, including 4-2-0 since the Olympic break.

*The Blue Jackets are 16-7-1 since January 1, including 4-2-0 since the break.

*The Stars are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games at home.

*The Blue Jackets are 6-4-1 in their last 11 games on the road.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in the last four games and are 6-19 (31.6 percent) during that stretch.

*The Blue Jackets are 36-40 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill over their last 11 games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in four straight games (two goals, four assists).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has eight points (four goals, four assists) over the last two games.

*Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov has six goals in the last six games, including four-game winners.

*Seguin leads the Stars in goals (28) and points (63).

* Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets in goals (25) and points (49).

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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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