Blue Jackets-Stars Preview
GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (19-34-8-4) at Dallas Stars (32-22-11-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
Goaltender Marty Turco hopes to stay perfect against Columbus as the
streaking Dallas Stars take on the Blue Jackets at the American Airlines
Turco has won all seven of his career appearances against Columbus,
compiling a .915 save percentage in that span. The Stars have owned the Blue
Jackets in the all-time series, going 13-2.
The Stars are coming in with a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and an
11-game home unbeaten run (8-0-3). Fifth in the Western Conference, the Stars
are just six points back behind first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.
On Sunday, Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into
overtime as the Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Edmonton 5-4.
"Those points are huge for us right now," said Stars left wing Brenden
Morrow, who scored a power-play goal late in the second period. "We're looking
for favors and nobody is doing any for us, so we've just got to take care of
Columbus, meanwhile, is looking to extend its winning streak to a
season-high four games. On Tuesday, Rick Nash scored a power-play goal just
1:12 in to spark the Blue Jackets to a 3-0 win over Carolina - their first win
over the Hurricanes in more than three years.
"It stopped their momentum," Nash said. "We had the bounces tonight.
Usually it always goes the other way against us, so it's kind of nice to get
Marc Denis stopped 25 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the season and
13th of his career.
With his effort Tuesday, Nash remains tied with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk for
the NHL lead in power-play goals with 16, and has equaled the single-season
franchise record of 34 goals, set last season by Geoff Sanderson.
STANDINGS: Blue Jackets - 52 points, 4th place, 33 PB, Central Division.
Stars - 75 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Blue Jackets - Nash, 34 goals; David Vyborny, 29 assists; Nash
and Vyborny, 48 points; Jody Shelley, 175 PIM. Stars - Guerin, 27 goals and 51
points; Sergei Zubov, 32 assists; Steve Ott, 123 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: (through March 1): Blue Jackets - Power play: 14.6 percent
(48 for 329), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.0 percent (219 for 264), 21st.
Stars - Power play: 17.4 percent (45 for 259), 8th. Penalty killing:85.7
percent (209 for 244), 3rd.
GOALTENDERS: Blue Jackets - Denis (16-27-7, 3 SO, 2.49 GAA); Fred Brathwaite
(3-9-1, 3.38). Stars - Turco (30-19-11, 6, 2.05); Ron Tugnutt (1-3-0, 2.57).
SEASON SERIES: Stars, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 4; Stars, 1-0. At Dallas, Jason Arnott scored on a
backhander and Turco stopped 18 shots for his 17th career shutout.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jackets - 5-21-4-2 on the road; Stars - 20-6-7-0 at