Stars-Blue Jackets Preview
October, 17, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday October 18
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)
About the Stars
Coming off a 3-0-0 homestand that concluded with a 4-2 win over Columbus on Saturday, the Stars (4-1-0) play their next four games on the road.
“Team success, whether you are at home or on the road, is the most important thing,” said forward Steve Ott. “If we continue to build structurally it shouldn’t matter if he we are at home or on the road.”
This will be just the second road game of the season for the Stars, who have played four of their first five games at home. The Stars will return to Texas for a couple of practices before heading out to the West Coast to play games against Anaheim, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Tuesday.
About the Blue Jackets
Following Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Dallas, head coach Scott Arniel ran the Blue Jackets (0-4-1) through a hard 60 minute workout Sunday on what was scheduled to be a day off.
“It was a 60-minute practice,” Arniel told the Columbus Dispatch. “We didn’t want to work (Saturday) night for 60 minutes. We have 77 more games where we have to work for 60 minutes.”
Steve Mason will start in goal.
C Jeff Carter has a hairline fracture in his foot and will not play Tuesday against the Stars. Columbus assigned forward Matt Calvert to Springfield (AHL) on Monday and recalled forward Cody Bass. G Mathieu Corbeil was recalled due to an injury to backup goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Injuries: C Jeff Carter (foot), G Curtis Sanford (undisclosed), RW Jared Boll (broken thumb), LW Kristian Huselius (pectoral muscle), G Mark Dekanich (ankle) are out. D James Wisniewski (suspension) is out.
*This is the second of four meetings between the two teams.
*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series.
*The Blue Jackets are 0-1-0 in the season series.
*10/15: at Dallas 4, Columbus 2
*The Stars are 25-28 (89.3%) on the penalty kill through the first five games. Through the first five games last season they were 15-25 (60%) on the penalty kill.
*Columbus is 1-25 (4.0%) on the power play this season.
*Columbus has been outshot 51-18 over their last 85 minutes of hockey.
*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-0 with a 1.48 goals against average and a league-leading .955 save percentage.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has scored a goal in three straight games.