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Dallas Stars (27-21-7)
@ Columbus Blue Jackets (28-23-5)

Monday, Feb 16, 2009, 6:00 PM CST
Nationwide Arena
Television: KDFI My27 | Radio: WBAP

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In an 82 game season, a team rides a wave of highs and lows. How long a team can sustain those highs and how well they weather the lows will define whether a season is successful, or not. The Dallas Stars have already experienced extreme high and extreme low this year. A dysmal start to the season that had Dallas sitting dead last in the Western Conference in early December turned into an incredible run that saw the Stars playing some of the best hockey in the NHL.

Right now the Stars are sitting somewhere in between the high and low and how they respond in the next few games will go a long way in defining the 2008-2009 season. The Stars must find a way to rebound from the disappointing performances of the past week and recover the confidence that drove them through a five game winning streak and up the Western conference standings.

Dallas currently sits in sixth place in the West and is tied with Columbus and Anaheim at 61 points. Just four points separate the Stars and the eleventh spot and there is absolutely zero room for error now. This team must wake up from its stupor or things will become sour immediately.

Columbus is riding a four game winning streak and are enjoying rookie Steve Mason's return to form after sitting out a few weeks with mononucleosis. Mason has a 1.25 goals-against average during the win streak and Columbus is looking for payback following the last meeting between the two teams, when the Stars lit up the Blue Jackets for seven goals. Getting back to their scoring ways against Mason will be difficult for the Stars, who have scored just eight goals over their last four games.

Key Injuries:


Dallas Stars Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sergei Zubov hip 11/29/2008
Brenden Morrow knee 11/21/2008
Landon Wilson ribs 01/03/2009



Columbus Blue Jackets Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derek Dorsett other-excused 02/16/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derick Brassard shoulder 12/19/2008
Rostislav Klesla shoulder 02/11/2009
Pascal Leclaire ankle 01/08/2009


Stats comparison, via NHL.com
2008-2009 Team Stats
61 Points: 61
27 Wins: 28
2 Shutouts: 8
20 Power Play Rank: 30
24 Penalty Kill Rank: 16
.875 Win % When Leading After 1: .700
.875 Win % When Leading After 2: .842
.333 Win % When Trailing After 1: .273
.053 Win % When Trailing After 2: .048

 

Team leaders:


GOALS: 26 L. Eriksson
23 R. Nash
ASSISTS: 36 M. Ribeiro
28 R. Nash
POINTS: 49 M. Ribeiro
51 R. Nash
+/-: 12 S. Robidas
23 J. Hejda
OT GOALS: 1 L. Eriksson
2 R. Nash

 

Around the West:

The Anaheim Ducks gets rocked by Atlanta 8-4, continue slide down the standings.

The Sedin twins each notch a goal as Vancouver gets by Montreal, 4-2.

Last place Colorado beats rival Detroit 6-5 in thrilling shootout win.


Western Conference standings:

#
GP W L   OT PTS GF GA HOME AWAY L10
1 SAN JOSE* 54 37 8   9 83 188 135 23-2-3 14-6-6 4-2-4
2 DETROIT* 57 37 12   8 82 215 168 20-4-3 17-8-5 6-3-1
3 CALGARY* 56 33 18   5 71 178 165 20-7-3 13-11-2 5-4-1
4 CHICAGO 54 31 15   8 70 181 137 15-4-5 16-11-3 6-4-0
5 VANCOUVER 56 27 21   8 62 169 163 14-11-4 13-10-4 5-2-3
6 DALLAS 55 27 21   7 61 166 172 16-7-4 11-14-3 7-3-0
7 COLUMBUS 56 28 23   5 61 153 155 18-9-1 10-14-4 6-3-1
8 ANAHEIM 58 28 25   5 61 163 166 15-12-3 13-13-2 5-5-0
9 EDMONTON 55 28 23   4 60 156 170 13-11-3 15-12-1 5-4-1
10 MINNESOTA 55 28 24   3 59 142 129 17-11-3 11-13-0 5-5-0
11 NASHVILLE 56 27 26   3 57 138 158 16-10-1 11-16-2 7-3-0
12 LOS ANGELES 54 24 22   8 56 140 150 13-12-7 11-10-1 7-2-1
13 PHOENIX 57 25 27   5 55 145 175 16-11-2 9-16-3 2-8-0
14 ST LOUIS 55 23 25   7 53 158 171 14-11-4 9-14-3 5-2-3
15 COLORADO 57 26 30   1 53 156 178 16-14-0 10-16-1 3-7-0
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