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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

Tuesday January 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (18-14-6) had a four-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss at Chicago Sunday. The Stars, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, had four separate one-goal leads in the game, but Chicago rallied to tie each time, including a goal with 1:57 left in regulation to force overtime. Patrick Sharp scored 1:17 into the extra period to give Chicago the win.

“That was a good effort. I thought back-to-back, especially at even-strength, we did a real good job,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “That was a tough goal that kind of beat us. You look at the end of the night, it’s a hard-fought point in a back-to-back game that might’ve been our best back-to-back so far.”

The Stars have points in nine of their past ten games (8-1-1) and are 9-2-1 over their past twelve.

“Tonight there was a lot of good,” Goligoski said. “It doesn’t make it feel any better. It sucks right now. I think there is still momentum that we have gained, and we can keep going with it.”

The Stars play five of their eight games before the All-Star break at American Airlines Center.

The Stars assigned forward Travis Morin to Texas (AHL) Monday.

Injuries: LW Shawn Horcoff (illness) is day to day. RW Patrick Eaves (ankle), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (17-17-3) are coming off a 4-3 win at Colorado Sunday. David Savard scored with 1:01 remaining to snap a 3-3 tie and lift Columbus to its third win in the last four games.

“It was nice to see the team get rewarded at the end of the game for a good 60-minute effort,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “We weren’t perfect. We battled through it after coming off a tough game last night (6-3 loss at Arizona) and found a way to win.”

The Blue Jackets improved to 11-2-1 over their last 14 games.

Defenseman Kevin Connauton, claimed off waivers from Dallas on Nov. 18, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 17 games since joining the Blue Jackets.

Tuesday’s game is the third of a four-game road trip for the Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets placed forward Adam Cracknell on waivers Monday.

Injuries: RW Cam Atkinson (shoulder) and C Mark Letestu (abdomen, groin) are day to day. C Artem Anisimov (torn biceps), C Brian Gibbons (knee), RW Nathan Horton (back), C Boone Jenner (back) and D Ryan Murray (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Blue Jackets this season.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 4-2, in Columbus on Oct. 14.

*The Blue Jackets have won three straight games in Dallas.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won three straight at home and are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games at home.

*The Blue Jackets are 5-1-0 in their past six road games.

*The Stars are 6-5-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Blue Jackets are 6-8-0 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars have scored 24 goals over their past five games (4.8 per game).

*Fifteen different Dallas players have scored a goal over the past five games.

*The Stars are 6-23 (26.1 percent) on the power play over the past seven games.

*The Blue Jackets have scored on the power play in nine of the past 12 games and are 11-37 (29.7 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*Stars forward Erik Cole has five points (three goals, two assists) over the past two games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (26) and points (47).

*Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky has seven points (two goals, five assists) over the past four games.

*Nick Foligno leads the Blue Jackets in goals (17) and points (35).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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