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StarGazing - October 15th vs Columbus

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

SATURDAY’S GAME:

Dallas Stars (3-1-0, 6 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-3-1, 1 point – 5th, Central Division)
7:00 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
Overall: 27-8-5
Home: 14-4-2
Away: 13-4-3
This Season: 0-0-0
10/15/11- vs. Columbus (7:00 p.m. CT)
10/18/11 - @ Columbus (6:00 p.m. CT)
12/29/11 - vs. Columbus (7:30 p.m. CT)
2/9/12 – @ Columbus (6:00 p.m. CT)

BROADCAST INFO: TXA 21 and Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. Dallas and Columbus meet for the 41st time, with Dallas holding a 27-8-5 record against them (.738 PTS%) – That’s the best record the Stars have against any Western Conference opponent, and is the second-best record they have against any NHL opponent only to Winnipeg (11-1-1,.885)

2. Dallas has won the first three home games of the season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The last time the Stars started 4-0-0 was the Stanley Cup championship season of 1998-99.

3. In five career games against Columbus, Kari Lehtonen has allowed just seven goals, earning a 1.39 goals-against-average (GAA), and a .955 save-percentage (SV%) in that span. Lehtonen’s 1.39 GAA against Columbus is the lowest he has against any NHL opponent.

4. Dallas killed off 11 of 12 Columbus power plays last season (91.7%) – it was tied for the best penalty kill percentage the Stars had against any Western Conference opponent (also Nashville, 11 for 12, 91.7%).

5. All three of Dallas’ victories in the young season have been one goal affairs. The Stars are tied with Washington for the most one-goal victories in the NHL this season (both have three). Last season, Dallas finished sixth with a 23-6-11 record.

WHO TO WATCH:

KARI LEHTONEN hasn’t surrendered a goal in the last 93:27 he has played against the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash was the last player to score against the Finnish netminder, posting the gamewinning goal in a 2-1 win in Dallas on Feb. 13, 2011.

JAMIE BENN is one point away from recording his 100th career NHL point. Benn will join Brenden Morrow, Jamie Langenbrunner and James Neal as the youngest Dallas Stars to reach 100 points (All were 23-years-old or younger – record DOES NOT include Minnesota North Stars).

BRENDEN MORROW has 265 career assists, and is one assist away from moving past Darryl Sydor and into sole possession of 4th place on the all-time list for assists with the Stars.









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