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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

10/14/2011

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

Saturday October 15

7:00 p.m.

TV: TXA-21

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (3-1-0) defeated St. Louis 3-2 Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots and the Stars scored at even strength, shorthanded and on the power play in the game.

“Specialty teams was the difference,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We got one shorty, one power play and that kind of helped us out and goaltending for sure.”

Lehtonen will start in goal Saturday.

The Stars activated defenseman Adam Pardy from injured reserve Friday and sent defenseman Philip Larsen to Texas (AHL). Pardy likely will play Saturday. Recently acquired LW Eric Nystrom could play as well.

Injuries: Adam Pardy (rib) is probable.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (0-3-1) lost 3-2 in a shootout to Colorado Wednesday. The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead early in the third but Colorado, which outshot Columbus 16-1 over the final 20 minutes, tied the game with 40 seconds remaining.

"We got back on our heels," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "We got a lead and we were trying to protect the lead and we were a little bit afraid of making a mistake."

Forward Alexandre Giroux, called up from the AHL on Thursday, could be in the lineup for the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Injuries: RW Derick Brassard (groin) is questionable. RW Jared Boll (broken thumb), LW Kristian Huselius (pectoral muscle), G Mark Dekanich (ankle) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first of four meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars were 2-1-1 against the Blue Jackets last season.

*The Blue Jackets were 2-2-0 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 27-8-5 all-time against Columbus.

Statistical tidbits

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals against average and .966 save percentage this season.

*The Stars are 21-23 (91.3%) on the penalty kill this season.

*Columbus is 0-20 on the power play over so far this season.

*The Stars are 2-19 (10.5%) on the power play.

*The Blue Jackets are 11-15 (73.3%) on the penalty kill.

*Columbus has won 52.1% of faceoffs through four games.

*The Stars have won 45.6% of faceoffs.