Preview: Stars travel to face the Blue Jackets
(Photo courtesy of firethatcannon.com) Well the Dallas Stars leave the Music City with an overtime loss and some banged up players from their game against the Nashville Predators. Despite the loss, some positives came out of this game, with Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith both scoring just 25 seconds apart, along with Michael Ryder getting three assists. However bad penalties and lapses in the defensive zone did not help Stars' goalie Nilstorp nor the fact the Dallas was out shot 11-4 in the third period. Now Dallas travels back up to Columbus to try to even up their series after losing to the Blue Jackets 2-1 in their previous meeting January 28th.
The Dallas Stars are currently (6-3-1) in their last ten games while the Columbus Blue Jackets are (2-7-1) with their most recent loss in Chicago, against a seemly unbeatable Hawks team. Of course this will be the second meeting between the Stars and Blue Jackets, last time the Stars had Kari Lehtonen in net, but it doesn't look that will be the case this time. I'm guessing here that the Stars will start Cris Nilstorp in net, despite coming off a 4-5 overtime loss. For the Blue Jackets I would think they would put their starting net minder Sergei Bobrovsky in the pipes, since backup Steve Mason started in the losing effort to the Chicago February 24th.
Once again here are some keys to a Dallas Stars' road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Take advantage of the Blue Jackets as they look to be without a couple of big name players with defensemen Jack Johnson, and forward Brandon Dubinsky listed on the injured reserve, as well as Artem Anisimov listed as day to day with a head injury. Next which will sound as a broken record, but the Stars have to quit taking unnecessary penalties, and control their emotions on the ice. Lastly, the Stars need to keep an eye on Blue Jacket defensemen Fedor Tyutin who leads Columbus in points, along with forwards Derick Brassard and Vinny Prospal who scored a goal against Dallas in their last tilt. The Dallas Stars have scored at least three goals in their last nine games thanks to Michael Ryder, Jamie Benn, and the ageless one Jaromir Jagr. Hopefully with this new found life in offense and a healthy Kari Lehtonen the Stars can get back to winning consistently.