Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday February 26
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (9-8-2) lost 5-4 in overtime at Nashville on Monday. The Stars had a 4-2 lead in the second period, but the Predators scored late in the second and again in the third to force the extra period.

This is the fifth set of back-to-back games for the Stars this season. They are 0-4-0 in the second game so far this season and 1-15-2 in the second game of back-to-backs over the last two seasons.

“This is a huge game for us. We’re due for one in the back-to-back,” said Stars forward Eric Nystrom. “We’re going for three of four (points) on this road trip. We wanted four points, we got one tonight, we would have liked two but we’ve got to find a way to win on the road back-to-back, and stop making excuses.”

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen is questionable. D Philip Larsen (head), D Aaron Rome (foot) and LW Ray Whitney (foot) are out.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (5-12-2) are coming off a 1-0 loss at Chicago on Sunday. It was the final game of a six-game road trip that saw Columbus go 1-5-0.

“You look at this road trip that we’re on, six games, other than the Phoenix game … they were all one-goal games,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “We’re giving up maybe two goals a game, maybe three goals a game, but we can’t generate anything and we can’t finish right now in the offensive zone.”

Columbus scored ten goals during the six-game trip (1.67 per game), while allowing 15 goals (2.50 per game).

Injuries:  C Artem Anisimov (head), C Brandon Dubinsky (knee) and D Jack Johnson (upper body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Blue Jackets.

*January 28, Dallas at Columbus: Blue Jackets 2, Stars 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in ten straight games. It’s the first time the Stars have accomplished the feat since Nov. 21-Dec. 15, 2001 (11 straight games).

*The Stars have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.

*The Blue Jackets have scored two goals or fewer in 13 of their 19 games this season, and currently rank 30th in the league in scoring (2.05 goals per game).

*The Stars are 4-10 (40.0%) on the power play over the last two games.

*Columbus is 1-22 (4.5%) on the power play over the last six games.

*Stars forward Michael Ryder has points in six straight games (2 goals, 7 assists)

*Stars center Jamie Benn has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) over his last ten games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Blue Jackets
Record 9-8-2 5-12-2
Home 4-3-1 3-4-2
Away 5-5-1 2-8-0
Last 5 2-2-1 1-4-0
Last 10 6-3-1 2-7-1
Streak Winless 1 (0-0-1) Lost 2
Goals/game 2.63 (18th) 2.05 (30th)
Goals against/game 2.79 (17th) 2.90 (20th)
Power play 18.6 (11th) 12.4 (28th)
Penalty kill 83.0 (11th) 83.6 (9th)
Shots/game 26.4 (29th) 26.4 (28th)
Shots against/game 30.8 (23rd) 28.8 (18th)
Faceoffs 47.7 (25th) 49.2 (20th)
Team Leaders Stars Blue Jackets
Goals Benn, Ryder: 6 Prospal: 6
Assists: Benn, Jagr, Goligoski, Roy, Eakin, Ryder: 8 Tyutin: 9
Points: Benn, Ryder: 14 Brassard, Tyutin: 10
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 7-2-1, 2.12, .934
Bachman: 1-3-0, 3.95, .857
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Bobrovsky: 3-6-2, 2.71, .902
Mason: 2-6-0, 2.77, .907

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