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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, December 15

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (22-6-2) had a seven-game points streak (5-0-2) snapped with a 3-0 loss at St. Louis Saturday. The Stars fell behind two minutes into the game and could never catch up.

“We didn’t deserve to win the game in St. Louis, not the way we came out,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Some of our execution wasn’t good. Our play away from the puck was very poor. At the end of the night, if you are chasing the game against that team, they are a good team defending.”

Saturday’s game was the first time Dallas has been shut out this season.

Dallas and the Washington Capitals are the only two teams in the NHL that have not lost consecutive games this season.

Tuesday’s game begins a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: None.

The Blue Jackets (11-18-3) lost 2-1 to Tampa Bay in Columbus Monday night. Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle scored a shorthanded goal to break a 1-1 tie at 6:13 of the third period. Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made his NHL debut in Monday’s game, stopping 27 of 29 shots.

“I thought he played really well,” said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. “It’s really encouraging. For a young kid coming in, it is really encouraging.”

The Blue Jackets have lost four straight games (0-2-2) and are 1-4-3 in their past eight games. Columbus is 11-11-3 since Tortorella took over as head coach on Oct. 21.

With Korpisalo getting the start in Monday’s game, Curtis McElhinney, who is winless in seven decisions (0-5-2), is the likely starter Tuesday vs. the Stars.

Injuries: G Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), F Rene Bourque (upper body), D Cody Goloubef (jaw) and F Markus Hannikainen (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Blue Jackets this season.

*The Stars were 1-1-0 vs. Columbus last season.

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

*The last time the Stars defeated Columbus in Dallas was Oct. 15, 2011.

*The Stars are 6-1-0 in their past seven games at home and are 11-3-0 at American Airlines Center this season.

*The Blue Jackets are 2-4-0 in their past six road games and are 7-10-0 away from home this season.

*The Stars are 13-4-0 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 7-0-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division.

*The Blue Jackets are 6-8-1 vs. the Western Conference, including 3-5-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars lead the NHL with 41 third-period goals.

*The Blue Jackets have allowed the most third-period goals at 41.

*The Stars are 5-39 (12.8 percent) on the power play over the past 12 games.

*The Blue Jackets are 13-15 (86.7%) on the penalty kill over their past six games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn leads the NHL with 20 goals.

*Benn and Stars center Tyler Seguin are tied for second in the NHL with 40 points.

*Columbus forwards Scott Hartnell and Ryan Johansen are tied for the team lead in scoring with 22 points.

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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