NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 13th
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (27-23-5) at Dallas Stars (31-18-6), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars wrap a three-game homestand this afternoon
aiming for consecutive victories as they battle the playoff-hopeful Columbus
Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center.
The Stars dropped an overtime decision to the Coyotes to begin this stand on
Wednesday for their sixth loss in seven games. However, Dallas moved back into
the win column and improved to 5-1-2 in its last eight at home with Friday's
4-3 shootout victory over Chicago and former Stars goaltender Marty Turco.
Stephane Robidas, Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow all scored in regulation to
erase an early three-goal deficit, while Morrow, Richards and Mike Ribeiro all
beat Turco in the shootout.
Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for Dallas, which moved back into first place in
the Pacific Division, a point up on Phoenix and two ahead of both Anaheim and
"We were going through a patch there where it wasn't too much fun," said
Richards. "Then we go down 3-0 in front of a sold-out building and it wasn't
too pretty for a bit, but we knew if we kept plugging away we could come
While the Stars are battling for a division crown, the Blue Jackets are just
trying to work their way into a playoff spot. They have won four of their last
five to climb within six points of the eighth-place Wild.
After blowing a two-goal lead in Wednesday's loss to San Jose that halted a
three-game winning streak, Columbus rebounded with a 3-1 triumph over Colorado
Rick Nash and Derick Brassard both scored second-period goals and Derek
MacKenzie sealed things with an empty-net goal to give Columbus its sixth
victory in nine games.
"We did get off to a slow start and my comments to the team [at the first
intermission] were that our forwards had to get going," said Columbus head
coach Scott Arniel. "I thought the second period our forwards started to get
going, we got after their defense, started to create some turnovers and
obviously got some big goals."
Mathieu Garon made 31 saves to collect his first win since Dec. 21 in his
first start since Jan. 18. Steve Mason could get the start today and is 2-1-1
with a 2.36 goals-against average versus the Stars.
Columbus has won four straight as the guest, but has lost two of its last
three in Dallas. The two teams split a pair of meetings in Ohio earlier this
year and the Stars' 2-1 victory on Dec. 18 snapped a three-game slide to the
Lehtonen made 35 saves in that win to improve to 1-1-1 with a 1.64 GAA versus
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