Dallas Stars (4-1-0, 8 points – 1st, Pacific Division)
@ Columbus Blue Jackets (0-4-1, 1 point – 5th, Central Division)6:00 p.m. CT at at Nationwide ArenaALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
This Season: 1-0-0
10/15/11- vs. Columbus, 4-2 W10/18/11 - @ 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:
Fox Sports Southwest and Sports Radio 1310 The TicketFIVE THINGS TO WATCH:1.
Dallas and Columbus meet for the 42nd time, with Dallas holding a 28-8-5 record against them (.744 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 foe (Winnipeg first, 11-1-1, .885).2. Kari Lehtonen
was awarded the NHL’s “Third Star of the Week,” after he started the season with a 4-0-0 record, a 1.48 goals against average and a league-leading .955 save percentage.3.
Dallas has killed off 25 of 28 opposition power plays (89.3%) through the first five games of the season (9th, NHL). Through the first five games last season, the Stars killed off 15 of 25 opposition power plays (60%), which ranked 30th in the League at the time.4.
Dallas hasn’t allowed Columbus to score over two goals in a game in their last eight meetings (does not include shootout totals). The last time Columbus scored three or more goals in regulation against the Stars was Nov. 19, 2009 when the Blue Jackets defeated Dallas 4-1 at American Airlines Center.5.
The Stars have had success at Nationwide Arena, posting a 13-4-3 (.725) record in Columbus. It’s the third-best record they have in any NHL road city, and the best amongst Western Conference opponents.WHO TO WATCH:LOUI ERIKSSON
is on a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-0-3). Eriksson has seven goals and six assists in 21 career meetings against the Blue Jackets.SHELDON SOURAY
has one goal and three assists in his first five games this season. It is the third time in his career that he has earned at least four points in his opening five games (2006-07; 2008-09 others). Souray posted eight shots against Columbus during Saturday night’s contest.MICHAEL RYDER
registered his first and second point as a Dallas Star on Saturday night with his goal and assist. The line of Morrow-Ribeiro-Ryder posted seven of the team’s 11 points in the previous game against Columbus.