(Photo courtesy of zimbio.com) The Dallas Stars head back home after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in an overtime game Tuesday night in Columbus. This game was another dreaded back to back game for the Stars, which their record was an ugly 1-15-2, so with this victory that monkey is off the Stars' back for now. Brenden Morrow started the scoring for the Stars in the first period, Derek Roy and Antoine Roussel would tally a goal each despite the Blue Jackets scoring two goals in the second. After trading goals back and forth in the third, the Blue Jackets would send this game to overtime where Loui Eriksson would get the game winner for the Stars.
So quite a bit has happened since the Stars' last game in Columbus. First the trade of Michael Ryder and a draft pick to Montreal in exchange for Erik Cole, and Stars' goaltender Kari Lehtonen is back from injured reserve. The Stars made this trade to make their team tougher on offense, as Cole is a gritty forward and can cause some havoc in front the opposition's net. As far as Lehtonen, he has been the Stars backbone throughout this season, without a doubt Kari has "won" several games for Dallas. The Stars look to have Lehtonen in net against their next opponent the Edmonton Oilers.
Thursday night's game will be the third and final meeting between the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars, which the Stars look to sweep the series 3-0 with a win. The last time the Oilers won a regulation game in Dallas was December 8, 2006, the Stars are 10-0-1 in their last 11 at home versus Edmonton. As stated before the Stars will have Kari Lehtonen back in net, while the Oilers will start Devan Dubnyk who is 0-2 against the Stars this season. The Oilers will have Taylor Hall back for this game after a two game suspension, and this game will be the first time former Dallas Star Mark Fistric plays in Dallas against his former team. Once again the Stars will need to contain Gagner, Hemsky, Yakupov, and of course Taylor Hall now back in the lineup. As for the Stars Jaromir Jagr and Jamie Benn have been red hot, combining for six points against the Oilers in the last two meetings. Now with the departure of Ryder, all eyes with be on Erik Cole to see what he can bring to table for the Stars. (The video below is some highlights of Erik Cole).