Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

Sunday, 03.9.2014 / 8:36 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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