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StarPoints For 2/16 vs Columbus

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (27-21-7) @ Columbus Blue Jackets (28-23-5)
7:30PM - Nationwide Arena
Television - KDFI My27
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the final meeting of four contests between the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. The Stars and Blue Jackets have had some high-scoring contests so far this season. In the first three games 29 goals have been scored between the two teams. The Dallas Stars currently lead the season series recording a win in a shootout, 6-5, Dec. 18 at American Airlines Center and defeating the Blue Jackets Jan 31. in Columbus, 7-3. Columbus defeated the Stars in the season opener in Dallas Oct. 10 with a Rick Nash overtime goal, 5-4.
 
2.)  The Stars currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings but only a tie breaker separates the team from eighth. Columbus is one of the teams tied with Dallas at 61 points. Over the past ten games the Blue Jackets have gone 6-3-1 and the Stars have played to a 7-3-0 record. Dallas has played 55 games so far this season, which is less than the other teams fighting for a playoff spot in the conference.  Vancouver currently sits in fifth with 62 points.

3.)  Mark Fistric returned to the Dallas Stars Feb. 14 vs. Chicago after spending over three months with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Before Fistric was sent down, the defensemen played in 11 games for the Stars recording one assist. The Edmonton native dressed in 35 games for Manitoba and collected eight assists while posting a +12 rating. The 22-year-old logged over 21 minutes Saturday night in Chicago and was credited with a hit and two blocked shots.
 
4.)  Fabian Brunnstrom continues to contribute on the scoreboard. Brunnstrom scored another goal Saturday night in Chicago pushing his 2008-09 season total to 12. Since returning from an ankle injury and battling the flu the rookie has recorded two goals and two assists in four games. Brunnstrom leads the Stars and all NHL rookies in game-winning goals with four on the season. The 24-year-old sits at eighth among NHL rookies in goals this season.
 
5.)  One to watch for: R.J. Umberger, the former Philadelphia Flyer, has been a nice addition to the Columbus roster this season. Umberger was traded to Columbus over the summer and has scored 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points. The Pittsburgh native was a major reason for the Flyers impressive playoff run last season scoring 10 goals and five assists in 17 games including two game-winning goals. Umberger has collected six goals and four assists in the past 16 games. The 26-year-old has scored seven power-play goals this season and is only three goals shy of his career-high in overall goals this season.




Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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