Dallas entered Friday’s game with the Detroit Red Wings tied for third in defense in the Western Conference, allowing just 2.00 goals per game while outscoring opponents 18-14. However, they were blanked 4-0 by Detroit.
Goaltender Marty Turco gave up all four goals on 27 shots as his goals-against average increased from 1.81 to 2.10. The only other time he allowed as many goals this season was in Dallas’ 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 13.
The Stars only other shutout was in Boston where they lost 2-0 two days later.
Columbus may be just the place for Dallas to redeem itself, as the Stars are 10-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets—including 4-2 in Columbus. Dallas dropped the first meeting 4-2 last season on Nov. 1, 2002, but won the next three. All four meetings last season were decided by two goals or fewer.
The Blue Jackets, though, are tied for second in defense in the West, allowing just 1.86 goals per game.
Columbus goalie Marc Denis has a 1.01 GAA and a .965 save percentage through his first four starts at home. He stopped 133 of 144 shots for a .924 save percentage and a 2.73 GAA in the series with Dallas last season.
The Blue Jackets are coming off their own shutout loss, 1-0 Thursday to Tampa Bay Lightning—the only undefeated team in the NHL. Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier stole the puck from goalie Marc Denis—who had stopped the first 27 shots—to score on a wraparound with 3:48 remaining.
It wan Columbus’ third straight loss, and snapped a three-game winning streak at home.
This is the first of four meetings between the teams this season.