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Saturday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (4-4-0-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (3-4-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The struggling Columbus Blue Jackets will try to halt a three-game skid tonight, when they finish up a two-game homestand against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus fell for the first time this year at home on Thursday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets have been outscored, 8-3, in their last three games.

Marc Denis turned away 27 of 28 shots for the Blue Jackets, allowing only Lecavalier's tally late in the third. Using his long reach, Lecavalier stuffed a shot inside the left goalpost past Denis after gathering a loose puck behind the net.

The Blue Jackets have scored two goals or less in five of seven games this season.

John Grahame stopped 20 shots to earn his seventh career shutout, and Vincent Lecavalier scored with 3:48 remaining in the third period to lift the Lightning over the Jackets.

The Stars' short two-game road trip got off to a bad start on Friday, as they fell 4-0 to the rival Detroit Red Wings. Marty Turco was peppered with 23 shots but was able to make 19 saves for the Stars, who have dropped two in a row.

Mike Modano had his three-game point streak come to an end. The Stars couldn't muster a goal despite slapping 22 shots at Dominik Hasek. Hasek tallied his first shutout of the season and 62nd of his career.

Dallas has dominated this series over the past three years, winning 10 of 12 meetings. The Stars went 3-1 against the Blue Jackets last season. Dallas is 4-2 all-time at Columbus.

10/25 10:04:17 ET

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