Dallas Stars (27-23-2, 56 points – 4th, Pacific Division)
at Columbus Blue Jackets (15-32-6, 36 points – 5th, Central Division)
6 p.m. CT at Nationwide Arena
FOX Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The TicketALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
This Season: 2-1-0
10/15/11 – vs. Columbus, 4-2 W
10/18/11 – at Columbus, 3-2 W
12/29/11 – vs. Columbus, 1-4 L2/9/12 – at ColumbusFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
The Dallas Stars conclude their season series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. The Stars currently lead the series with a 2-1-0 record and have won three of the last four games against them overall. A win on Thursday would mark the ninth time in franchise history that the Stars would take the season series against them.
Dallas’ 14-4-3 all-time road record against the Columbus Blue Jackets is the best road tally they have against any Western Conference opponent and the second best against any NHL team in their history. The Stars have a better road record only against the Winnipeg Jets (formerly Atlanta Thrashers), compiling a 5-0-1 record against them.
At 15-0-0, Dallas is tied for the best record in the NHL when leading after two periods. Columbus has an 11-6-2 record when leading after two, which is ranked 30th in the league.
The Stars will play their 10th back-to-back set of the season on Thursday (Columbus) and Friday (Buffalo). They have a 4-4-1 record on the first day and a 0-8-1 record on the second day.
Dallas is three wins shy of hitting their 30th of the season. Since the club moved to Texas, they have had a sub-30 win season (82 game schedule) once, failing to reach the 30 win mark during the 1995-96 campaign when they earned 26 victories. The Stars are also five wins shy of reaching their 1,500th all-time franchise victory. They will be the 10th team in the history of the NHL to reach 1,500 victories and the first to do it in two separate cities (Dallas, Minneapolis).
WHO TO WATCH:
has never allowed over three goals in a single game to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has a career .941 save percentage (SV%) against them and a 1.75 goals against average (GAA). Among the six divisions in hockey, Lehtonen has a lower GAA (2.04) and a higher SV% (.934) against teams from the Central than any other division.
has seven points in eight career games against the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-2-7). He currently leads the team with 19 goals surpassing his goal total from last year (18).
only two career shorthanded goals came against the Columbus Blue Jackets.